Letter(s) from Maria Dzyamka to Bob (USA)

Letter 1

Hello my foreign friend Bob!

I hope I can call you friend or you disagree with it? I hope you are not contrary Bob. If you want you can call me your friend. I will be glad to be your friend. As I already wrote you before, here in this letter I will tell you about myself in more details. Of course I can't write you in one letter about everything of me but all the same I will try to tell you about myself in series. Bob I will try to answer all your questions and I hope you will answer my questions too. Now little more about me and my life. As you already know my name is Maria. This is my official name which written in all documents. My mom call me Masha. My friends call me Masha or Maria. My hair is brown. Bob do you like blondies? Or your favorite is another type of women. Please tell me about it, ok? Did you hear that there is an opinion, at least here, in our country, that blondies are not very clever, but it's not true, because I think that this think was invented by brunets who are envious because of our beauty and because of a lot of gentlemen prefer blonds, ha-ha just kidding! Bob did you you hear about this opinion there, in your country? I color my hair sometimes in another colors like on wedding. But enough about it.
Ok, let's continue to tell about myself. I am 170 centimeters tall. Did you think I am low? Or not? I want to let you know I have medium height in our region of my country. What about you? My weight is about 55 kilogrammes. I think I am in good shape, at least all my friends think so and I just try to take care about my body and to look great. My eyes are grey color. Do you like this color of eyes? What is your favorite color of eyes Bob? I am just curious. Now about where I am living. I am live in Russia. I understand that Russia is a far away from you, but I think it will not be a barrier on the way of our corresponding. I think Internet is a good thing, because a lot of people can meet new friends in any corner of our world. Do you agree Bob? I think the internet gives a great opportunity for a dating and a corresponding at all for many people. What do you think about it? I live in a little town in Novosibirsk area. The town's name where I live is Karabinka. I think you didn't hear about this place, but maybe you could hear about Barnaul. This is a big heavy industrial city of our country. Another big city which locates not a far away from my town is Biysk. Of course you can see where I live on the map I sent you in this letter. I marked my homeplace that you can find it more easily. Now you know where I live. My nationality is Russian. I want to ask you do you have any foreign friends, maybe even Russian friends? I think it's great to have some friends who live in the other parts of the world. Do you agree with me? I would like to have some friends in another countries. I will finish my letter now. I think I will write you more about me in next letter. I think you will tell me about yourself too like I did it in this letter. I believe it will be right because I wrote you about myself and I think if we want to correspond in the future we need to be truthful and mutually polite to each other. What do you think about it Bob? Do you agree with me in this point? I hope we think the same. Ok, bye. I will go to work. I will write you tomorrow.

Your new friend Maria.

PS. Almost forget I sent you with this letter another picture of me.

Letter 2

Hello my dear friend Bob!

How are you feeling today? I hope great. Today we have a nice weather here like yesterday. I like the warm weather. The summer is my favorite season of the year. What about you Bob? July is the warmest month of the summer here. Sometimes we have a temperature about +35-37C. This is very hoooot! I would like to know what month is the hottest there in your area? I want to ask you Bob a little question. Please can you tell me about your home area? I would like to know about that place. It's very interesting for me. Can you do it for me Bob? I want to know about your family. Do you have a big family? I will tell you about my family and about my town in this letter too. Ok, let's go...
As you know, my town Karabinka is very small. I have told you Bob the location of my town in previous letters. In our town we have one little park. But there are a lot of trees all over the streets and it is very nice here especially in warm seasons of the year. Is your area green or not? We have a lot of forests around the town. There are a lot of rivers and lakes here in our region and sometimes my friends and I go for a picnic or a camping all over the region. Also we have a cinema, a library and two monuments of famous writers here in town. Do you have such things there? There is a little orthodox church. I want to let you know that I am orthodox Christian. I was christened when I was 5 years young. My mom is a Christian and she had christened me too. She attends quite much time to our religion and faith. I believe in God but I can't spend a lot of time to religion because I have to work much. Also I think that the main thing in religion is to have faith in your soul and it is not necessary to go to church very often. Much more important thing is to believe sincerely in your heart and soul. Do you agree with me? What can you tell me about your faith?
Oh, by the way about my family. My mom's name is Anna. She is 47 old and in December of this year she will turn 48. My mom works by the pediatrist in one of our clinics. She takes care of little kids till 5 years old. I think she do a very good thing because kids are very important in lives of every man. What do you think Bob? My father's name is Viacheslav. He is 55 years old. His birthday already was on 4 March. He is a carpenter. He work at a power saw bench. Oh, I have almost forgotten, my birthday is 14 October. I will be 28 years old. I am a single child in the family. I live separate from my parents for about 3 years. But I visit them often - about a couple times a week. I rent a small one-room apartment but I figure it cozy and I like it very much. It locates not very far from my parents home place - about 2 districts away. Also I have one cousin who lives in Novosibirsk. Her name is Anastasia. She is older than me for 2 years. She is married and already have a son Mikhail. She is housewife and takes care about her kid. Her husband is Vladimir. He is a military man and a very good man. I see them rarely but I love all my family very much. Please tell me about your family, ok? Ok, I will finish my letter because my lunch brake is over and I need to go back to my work. See you soon. I send you a couple pictures from our last New Years' party. It was at my parent's home. On one picture you can see my mom and me and on the other picture you can see my parents both.
I will wait for your next letter with an impatience. Have a nice day to you Bob!

Your friend Maria!

Letter 3

Hello my friend Bob!

How are you Bob? I am fine. How is the weather there? This is hot here - about 30 degrees by Celsius. HOOOOT! Huh! By the way in my last letter I have written you about my measurements in metric system. Bob did you have a troubles in understanding it? I hope not. I don't know how to convert from our system to yours - that is why I wrote and will write you in metric system that we use here. I hope that you will have no problem in it. How about my language? I hope you understand me well. If I have mistakes in my letters please forgive me for it Bob - your language is not my native but I will try to know it better that we will understand each other clearly. How much languages do you speak?
I think that you will be interested in knowing of where I work Bob? In the childhood I dreamed to be a singer and I even had asked my mom to let me study in musical school. As I was a little girl I sang a lot especially when I was at home - songs from radio and television translations. But unfortunately my town was not big and at that time there was no musical school here and the closest similar school was in another town and my mom told me that it is not a good idea cause it is quite far away. I was so upset about it and cried a lot but children forget many things fast and just in several days I dreamed about another future profession for myself. But I sing songs during my life just for myself and do it quite good. Especially I sing pretty good when I play guitar. Bob do you play any musical instruments or sing? Also I play a little on piano. When I was at school I wanted to be a teacher - I thought that it ia a very good profession. But when I grew up I had understand that it is very hard to teach children. I am not afraid of difficulties but I understood that it is not my vocation. At the time when I was finishing the school I realized that I want to work in financial sphere. At school I have very good marks on math, economics and languages so these successes defined the field of my future job. After school I entered the University of Kurgan on the economic faculty. After 5 years of studying there I have received my red diploma on "Accounting and management". The red diploma is the highest mark at the finishing the university in our country. Can you tell me about the studying process in your country Bob? I would like to know about it. After the university I worked in some places before I have found the current workplace. Now I work in a little private company which sales bureaucratic goods in bulk. I work here for 3 years by accountant. I like my job in spite of a lot of paper work. Sometimes I have interesting business trips in many places. I go there to rise my work quality. Can you tell me about your job and how did you choose it?
I want to let you know that I write you from different places such as internet cafe, workplace (if I have free time) because I have now computer at my home. The internet here is quite expensive thing because our town is small and there is just one company which provides the internet service here. One hour of internet service costs about 2 American dollars if we use modem connection. In any other cases it costs much higher. But don't worry - I can use it without big difficulties but please don't send me a very big size of pictures in future. It will be better if your pictures will be like my picture's size or just a little bit larger. And how much does the internet service cost in your country and your region too?
Now I have to go back to work and hope to see you soon. Have a nice day Bob!
Best regards!

From your Russian friend Maria.

PS. I have attached a picture of my friend Natalia and me.

Letter 4

Hi from Russia again Bob.

It's me Maria! I hope you glad to get this message from me. I am always glad when I get a message from you Bob. Today is hot sunny day again. In the night I have heard a rain behind the window, but in the morning we have a clear sky again. I like when the sky is clear, but thunderstorms - not lesser. It is pleased to me to hear thunder and to watch for a heavy rain. In the moments when the thunder is clattering and the nature is raging with all of her splendor, I feel myself like a little bug. I love to go to the street during the rain and walk barefoot under the rain on the street. Do you like it Bob, do you like thunderstorm? I like to feel the perception of cool water when I walk on puddles when the drops fall down on my hair and my body.
Ok, enough of lyrics (smile). But all that words about thunderstorm was truth. I want to let you know about my interests and hobbies. I am trying to live healthy and very active life and in last time my activity became bigger. I like play and watch sport, especially tennis, badminton, volleyball, beach volleyball and water sports. By the way do you know that in Canada right now goes by the championship of water sports. When I have free time I watch it on tv. Do you Bob watch it too? Also I like to ride on a bike, rollerblading, skiing and skating. Sometimes, usually 3 times a week in the morning I am jogging. In the summer or in the warm weather I go to river or lake for swimming and in the cold seasons I go to swimming pool. Please can you tell me Bob about the meaning of sport in your life? I would like to know about it.
I think that's all about sport. Now I will write about interests. As I am an active person I like outdoors, camping and picnics with friends. We have it regularly in the summer. Do you like camping? I like to listen to music. Usually I listen dance, rock and pop music, but if I have an opportunity to listen to other types of music prefer classic, jazz and blues. Here is some name of bands and musicians I like: U2, Depeche Mode, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Rem, Inxs, Sheryl Crow. Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Billie Holiday. What music do you like?
I like to watch movies both Russian and American. We can see here a lot of American movies. I prefer comedies, romantic stories, actions and thrillers. My favorite American movies are Green Mile with Tom Hanks, Minority Report with Tom Cruise, Speed with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reevz, the Gladiator with Russel Crow, the Pirates of the Caribbean Sea with Johnny Depp. Russian favorite movies are Turkish Gambit, Brigade and others. I think you didn't hear about these movies or I am mistaken Bob? Did you watch any Russian movies at all? What is your favorite movies and actors? I don't like soap operas. Also I like to watch animation films like Finding Nemo, Ice Ages and Monster Incorporated. I have watched Madagaskar and Robots last time. Did you see any of these films? I adore it.
I want to ask you do you read a lot and what is your favorite genres and writers? I like to read. I have a lot of books in my apartment. I have read completely all books I have. When I have a free time I go to the library and get some new book. I like to read since fiction, history, prose and poetry. My favorite writers are Pushkin, Lermontov, Block, Akunin, this is Russian writers, Stephen King, Aizek Azimov, Doris Lessing, John Updike.
I want to tell you that I like to clean my apartment because I am very accurate person. Also it is very interesting to me to garden plants and flowers. My mom inculcated this hobby to me many years ago. Another my big hobby is to cook different delicious dishes. I like to find new receipts, cook it and invite my friends and family to taste it. Everybody who tastes it at least one time tells me that I am a great cook. Almost forget to tell you about my favorite colors. I like red, blue and white colors.
Ok, this is the end my letter. I need to go. I send you also a picture of me on my kitchen. Hope you like it!
See you soon Bob.
I never was outside my country but I was outside my city. I like to travel, I think it’s very interesting because I could see many places! So what is your country like? When I was 7 or 8 I was on black sea in city Sochi with my parents. Also I was there at this summer with my girlfriend. I was in Moscow also 3 or 4 times and once have been in St. Petersburg. Do you know this cities? I’ll be very glad to travel outside Russia but I don’t know when it could be.
I hope one day I could also see your country! Who knows. Where were you outside your city?

Your Maria

Letter 5

Hi, my dear friend Bob!

Thank you for your letter. From day to day I feel more necessity to get your letters. My mood has become better again when I have got your letter. I should say when I have a good mood my work seems more easily to me and I almost don't tire. By the way when I came to work today my mood was bad because my girlfriend Natalia fell ill and now she is in the hospital. I asked a doctor and he answered that my friend will stay in the hospital about for one week. It's not very good occasion. I will try to visit her as often as I can. I think that to stay in hospital alone without any familiar faces is very sad and therefore I will try to adorn her loneliness by my presence.
I believe other her friends will visit her too. When people are ill we visit them very often as we can. I think it helps them to recover faster. I think it's good support for them. Do you agree with me? Please let me know what people do when someone of your relatives or friends are ill and stay in a hospital in your country. Do you do the same things like we do here in Russia?
As a matter of fact I have only three real friends - Nadezhda who has married some times ago. I think you know about it because I wrote you. Svetlana who's birthday we celebrated last weekend and Natalia is that lady who is in the hospital. Nadezhda and her husband have left to the south to the resort city named Sochi for two weeks - they have a honeymoon. I am not sure that you have heard about this city. But anyway this city is located on the Black Sea. It's a very popular Russian resort. What is the most popular resorts in your country?
Other two girlfriends are not married like me too. We have no serious relations now and have never been married before. We are friends almost for 23 years. We went to the same kindergarten and we lived in neighbor houses a lot of time but now we live in the different districts. But it's not a problem for us and we can meet each other almost any time.
Svetlana and I are like sisters. We like to walk especially in our town-park. But also we like to spend time in Svetlana's vegetable garden. She has an old wooden house in the country and she grows vegetables and fruit trees. In the past it was a house of her granny, but her granny is dead already for 3 years and now this house belongs to Svetlana. This house is very old and it was built a long time ago, if I am not mistaken in 30's years of last century. Sometimes I help her to work in her garden. This house doesn't have bath and running water. So people have to take water outside in the well or in a pit. But there is big Russian stove. In the modern world such conditions seem very terrible, but this is really so. There she grows potato, tomatoes and cucumbers to not buy it at the market. She preserves vegetables and in the winter we could eat it. I also help her with preserving. I like to be on the nature at all. Almost every winter Svetlana and I make a big snowman by big snow balls. We make a carrot instead of nose and potatoes instead of eyes and on the head we install the iron pail. It is very funny! All neighbor's children come to see it. At the first time we made such a snowman 16 years ago. Since that time we do it almost every year. This is a tradition for us. We pour it with water to cover by the ice. So it stands for the whole winter.
Svetlana says that she wants to live in a big city. I don't know where it is better. A big city is a big traffic, fast rhythm of life, garlands of fires, lightning shop windows, high buildings, fountains, cinemas, parks, attractions, theatres. It is wonderful! Of course I like it but our little town or village has a fresh air, a lot of trees and birds, silent and comfort, no hubris and vanity inherent for big cities. We have a lot of small and large lakes and rivers. Such places are very beautiful. If there were no criminals the place could be considered as a Paradise. But alas, the criminals in small cities as well as in the big cities are an integral part of our life. Unfortunately criminals in Russia are stayed on a very high level. But I don't want to tell about sad things.
By the way today when I will come to Svetlana we will speak about you. She likes to ask about you and I like to tell her. I wanted to ask you what makes you happy Bob? What was the best gift from a woman you had ever got?
I send a photo. I with my girlfriends Svetlana and Nadezhda.
I have received your photo.You are very nice and attractive!
I not against tattoo's and piercings?

Sincerely yours and with best wishes Maria.

Letter 6

Hi Bob!
I supposed that I could come to your country someday when we will be much closer.
The day is wonderful today and the weather is good - +28+30C. The sun is shining all the day. And what about your weather Bob? I want to let you know about my friend Natalia. She have some problems with cordially vascular system. I will not tell about it in details, because I think it's not necessary. But I found all medicines she will need for recovering. I hope and will pray she will feel well soon. I told her that I will visit her every evening. I think it's very important especially if you taking care about close people. Do you agree with me? I thought about you Bob. May be today after work I will go to Natalia by foot. I like to walk along the street and to breath fresh air, especially when the weather is warm. As a matter of fact I don't want to go home. It is very boring and lonely at home. Sometimes I don't mention it, but sometimes when I come home with good mood, I want to talk very much, to share thoughts with anybody, to have fun. But my flat is empty and I have to be in full solitude. And my good mood disappears. I simply sit down in an arm-chair and look at the window. And when the silence deafen me when I hear as my blood flows in my veins, I hear movement of my eyelashes, at that moment becomes unbearably and my heart compresses. I don't know how to struggle with it. I can listen to music or read a book.
But in some moment I understand that I just deceive myself. In fact I want a beloved person to be near me, with whom I could spend evenings, to meet morning, to speak about yesterday and to dream about tomorrow day. I want to walk and to feel a strong man arm holds me. I don't want to cook meals only for myself. I want somebody to appreciate it. But enough about it. I often remember childhood especially last days. I always dreamed to become a grown up as soon as possible. As every child I completely believed that grownups don't have problems at all. I dreamt in the childhood and I dream now. Of course, the world of dreams is an illusive world. We live in a real life, so we can't to sink into the world of dreams and phantasies for long. When a dream becomes obsession, it can bring only pain and disappointment. Practically dreams do not always realize. It happens that you use all power, all aspiration to make the dream come true. But as much you try, not all in this life depend on us. When the dream for a long time does not come true, as though you did not try, dream ceases to be that star, which was for you lighthouse in ocean of the life, which illuminated your way. But anyway, I think that it is impossible to live without dreams and hopes. When there is a dream, the life is filled with sense. The dreams are those things that do us people that distinguishes us from the whole rest alive world. The dreams contribute variety in ordinary and grey life. The dreams force to think, analyze, choose and come to a conclusion. The Faith and Hope - an eternal satellites of our lives. And regardless of what waits you at the end, joy of the victories and subordinated tops we remember better, than disappointment and pain of the defeats. Do you agree with me Bob? I am surprised that I write you all this. I have never had a person, with whom I could share my thoughts. But now I have found you, and I am very glad. Forgive me for my frankness. If I said something that bothers you- forgive me please. I want to let you now that I want to hear your voice to know you better but unfortunately the mobile communication here in Russia is still expensive and in our small town is not existed yet. We have phones at our flats and homes but because of much industry objects located near our town almost all phone lines are inner, i.e. people can call just all over our town and a couple of the nearest villages which phone numbers have the same beginning digits. I have spoken with the mail center in our town and they told me that I could communicate with your country just from the communication center and that are all possibilities which I have here to call you. But it is VERY expensive thing and I wish to use it in special case! You can tell me your phone number and I could call you someday! I think be better if you will send me your home phone number. I think it will be more convenient for us. I hope you will understand these things in Russia and will not angry on me because of it. I still can use email to correspond with you my dear Bob! I have some questions for you Bob: Do you like when your friends come to your home? What clothes do you like the lady wear? I will wait for your letter with impatience.
By the way here is other picture for you Bob!
Have a good day!

Your friend Maria.

Letter 7

Hi, Bob!

I am very glad that you have written me. Thank you very much. I like your letters and wait for it every day! Today is very hot here as yesterday. As I told you I like summer and hot weather! But I like snow winter too. At the hot time of the year I like to wear short t-shirts, shorts if I am not at work. To my work I wear soft jacket and pants or skirt at that season. In the winter I wear fur coat cause it is quite cold, windy and snowy. You can see me in my fur coat on the picture I send to you today. I like when men wear classy jackets with tie, good jeans and nice shirt. The main is that man looks like a man and have at least a little style. I like jeans clothes too. Also I like to wear sexy hoses and high heelpiece for my man. I have some lingerie and sexy underwear. But I wear it usually just for my man! I hope you like such things Bob?
I want to know how are you today? I am fine and want that everybody feels so as I now! My computer at my work place is finally fixed and now I can write you from my work. When the computer here was broken I had to go to the internet cafe to write you. But I was not upset much about this fact because I still have your address and could write you Bob instead of computer problems! And now my computer works again and I am glad about it! In such moments when everything is getting great again and the life flows more than ever I become very romantic and remember the most romantic and pleasant facts of my life! The most romantic thing that was happened with me was my travel to the mountains with my ex-boyfriend for a couple of days! I was very happy that time and thought that it cannot be more better! We stayed in a wooden house and delighted being with each other, mountains views, fresh air, cracking fireplace and the romantic atmosphere on the whole! This was the most wonderful gift from a man to me for all my life! But later when we came back to the town everything in our relations became bad and I don't want to talk much about it because it makes me hurt and I will tell you Bob about it later may be. I try to be an optimistic woman and think that everything will be better in my future life. I dream and think that I meet my man who will take care about me, make me happy! I would do the same for him and would do everything I could to make him the happiest man in the world! I would follow him everywhere he goes no matter how far it would be! I would leave my friends and family to be with my man if it should be. I would try to visit and communicate with my former homeplace sometimes but my man is the most important for me than everything else!
I live not far from cities of Barnaul, Novokuznetsk and Biysk.
I want to let you know that sometimes my girlfriends and I like to go on parties and I think that when my friend Natalia will be great again we will celebrate her recovering at some dance club. Do you like such places Bob? I would like to know it.

See you soon. Your Maria.