She came two times a week and she was a good teacher. In Italy we have a lot of homework to do and gramma and papa couldn't help me so I had to have a tutor and one of my teachers, Maestra Annamarie, recommended Valentina for a good tutor. And now, I speak very good Italian. Gramma just put on Craig's List for a tutor here.
I really liked her because when we were working we had fun. We laughed a lot. She helped me with the language (lingua) , science (scienze), math (matematica), geography (geografia), history (storia) and everything else.
One time she took me inside the ambulance to look at it. She was a volunteer ambulance driver. But now she works for the Red Cross.
The last week with her she took us out to dinner. Her boyfriend was with her--named Ricardo. She took us to a restaurant called Malborghetto which means "bad borgo." Borgo means little village. It's called Malborghetto because a long time ago bad guys used to hide in the little village. This was in the Renaissance times when Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were alive and they were painting.
This is the restaurant with Valentina and Ricardo in the picture.
Across from the restaurant was a park where I got several mosquito (zanzare) bites.
I miss her. But the good thing is that next summer I am going to see her again. I hope I get a good tutor here--just like Valentina.