Tampere Ambassador: Pamela Roldán

Where are you from?
I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina, 30 kms from the crowded capital city of a country full of immigrants. Like many Argentines, I am Italian descent, but part of my family comes from Basque Country and the other from France. On my father´s side, our surname is certainly Spanish, but he has been studying and teaching traditional Argentine culture since I was a child, this means that my family is a mixture of South American native and Mediterranean culture. Or to put it shorter: a great blend.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I am an open minded, curious, spontaneous person who enjoys being surrounded by foreigners. I have been living and studying in Buenos Aires city for 10 years and I learnt how to deal with diverse situations that occur in a metropolis. I like arts and I am a social person, hard worker and optimist. I care a lot about recycling policies and the importance of preserving the natural environment, that´s why I try to keep a healthy and sustainable life style.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
I like Tampere because is clean, beautiful and has nature everywhere around. That was one of the reasons why I moved here: I can watch squirrels climbing trees from my balcony and by walking just 10 minutes I can reach the heart of the forest or swim in the lake. I love the fact that Tampere has many public saunas and is full of cycling roads. I also like that Tampere is not so big. I regularly visit Helsinki but I always miss the calm and peaceful environment of Tampere. Tampere is a growing area, which is attractive for entrepreneurs, and is also safe, which makes it perfect for family life. Tampere has also a vivid cultural life with many events, festivals and international activities every month.

Tell about your professional activities?
I am a dancer by nature. I dance since my childhood. My father founded a traditional arts institute right under my home, so every weekend I was listening to the music and watching dancers, lessons and rehearsals. I became a dance teacher like him and I danced until I started my career on audiovisual design. I worked as a designer and photographer for a independent studio for five years and later three more years as a secretary in a multinational company. My last job in Argentine was at the university as assistant teacher in the field of sound design. Once in Tampere, I started teaching Zumba®, a fitness dance program, a couple of years ago and I am still doing it, happy to share my passion with so many people every week.

What is your involvement in international activities?
I have been collaborating with Tango Amoroso Association for more than two years already, sharing Argentine Tango dance and culture with Tampere people and I have been participating in tandem and language clubs with Finnish people who want to learn Spanish. I also have a blog where I share my experiences on teaching Argentine traditional dances in Finland, I write it in English and Spanish. I am a member of Couchsurfing network, a program that helps travellers finding a place to stay, in this case, in Tampere, and I have been also helping tourists with tips and showing them the most beautiful places of the city.

What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?
I truly love this city and I believe many more people could love it too. I will keep promoting the region on my social media platforms and sharing the beauty of the landscapes captivated by my camera, the stories behind Finnish traditions like “sauna” and “lavatanssi”. I am interested in organizing more cultural events with international talents as a way to connect Tampere with the rest of the world.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
Tampere is a constant growing area, there is more people moving to live here all the time and I think this is the perfect scenario for international companies and entrepreneurs. I see more business opportunities, more international teams and projects taking better decisions that will lead Tampere to grow healthier and stronger.

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