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

Letter 1

How is your day? Mine is well. We have a very good not hot day. What weather you have there these days? Thank you for your last letter. As a matter of fact today all my friends have a good mood because today we found out that in a few days The Moscow Zoo would come to Karabinka for touring. This is great news because The Moscow Zoo is the biggest zoo in our country. So everybody discuss only this news. Everybody wants to visit the ZOO because the tour will last only for several days. I like animals very much and I have never seen Moscow Zoo. I have never seen alive tigers and bears. Have you ever seen a tiger or a bear? The biggest animal I saw in my life is a horse. I like horses very much and think that these are the most beautiful animals in the planet.
I always wait for weekends with impatience, because I get tired mentally and physically at the work. That's why weekends are the only possibility for me to rest and to get new forces. Weekends I spend differently. Sometimes I want simply to rest in my apartment. I like my apartment - little and cosy. On weekends I always clean the apartment properly. I like purity. And though I always try to keep my apartment clean, there is always something to do about the house on weekends. But when I want really to relax I listen to music or read books. I like to read books especially historical novels about ancient Russia or other countries. I don't like to read western or detectives. My friends advised me some times ago to read novels by Robert Heinlein and I have tried - it was unexpected for me that I will get reading of these books with a pleasure. I like to spend time with my girl-friends. We like to walk and communicate, we go to movie and to the park. I like to spend time in nature in the open air very much. In Russia camping is very popular. I adore to go to the forest and to live in a tent though now I have seldom such an opportunity. I like to look at night fire. I like to look at the stars very much. In August the sky is strewed with stars. It is incredible beautiful. There is no more wonderful when in the air the fragrances of forest, river and smoke mix together. I am romantic undoubtedly as you can make sure already! Do you think about me? I think about you very much during a day! Especially in morning when I wake up my first thoughts are about you Harlan! Even when I go to sleep I remember about you and think that how it would be wonderful if we will be together at this time! How often do you think about me Harlan? I would like to know it!
Here is picture of me and my girlfriend Natasha on the my bed. This picture was taken last spring.

With much love, kiss you Maria.

Letter 2

I am glad to see your letter! And all the rest become unimportant to me. Today I want to tell that I think of you and wait for the opportunity to write to you Harlan. I want to tell the thing which was happened with me today. I do not know why but today I have woken up a bit earlier than as usual. I could not fall asleep again and in the street already the sun was shining. I have got up, sat near a window and begun to look at the street. Suddenly a small birdie has sat down on a window near me and begun to sing! Imagine it! She was singing so beautifully that I have even forgot about everything! Then she has looked at me and sung again. The birdie was not afraid of me at all like she does such thing many times. I have looked at this birdie and thought that you Harlan are now somewhere there, far away from me and at the same time right here with me! I have thought that maybe you are sleeping now and seeing me in your dream. And I have thought if I was a birdie, I would sit down next to you on your window and begin to sing my song too for you!
I have told to the birdie: "Fly off, my small birdie, and sing this song to my far but close man Harlan. Tell him that I think of him very much". And exactly in this moment the birdie has flinched and flown off just like she has heard my words! And I have imagine that maybe this birdie will really fly to you Harlan and will sing her beautiful song! So if you Harlan will see near to yourself a small birdie which beautifully sings, know that I have sent this song to you.
I'm 27 now and it's age when the woman gets the beauty and feminity, at least it's considered here in Russia. Many people could be surprised that I haven't any boyfriend or the potential husband in my age but it's so. I haven't any. I was born in Russia in town Karabinka on 10 october 1978 and I live here now. I'm Libra in astrology sign.
So where and when you was born? I like to celebrate my birthday and if the people make the presents for me in this day, it's great! But you know that I like to receive the presents from people who love me and when they give me their presents personally. I hate the congratulatory parcels or the using services of delivery or mail because I appreciate the friends and close relations. When I was young I got a big celebratory pie from my parents and they inserted and lit candles of number which was my age in this day. It was great! Please tell me about your birthday and events of it.

Oh, I have almost forgot to tell you that I am preparing a pleasant surprize for you Harlan but I will tell you about it later when it will be ready! I suppose that you will like it a lot!
Now I should go. See you later.
I want to send you my kiss if you do not object!

Your Maria.

Letter 3

Today is a warm sunny day here. How is weather there? I hope good like here. How are you doing today Harlan? I am fine. My friend Natalia is recovering and doctor has said she will be fine after 3-4 days. I am very glad for her. Yesterday I have been there at Natalia's chamber, I have brought her some fruits (oranges, plums and bananas). She was glad to my visit. She has said that every day she has visitors. I think it's a good thing when a lot of people (friends and relatives) are take care about someone. I like it! I have told Natalia that I found a foreign man and now I am dating with him. She was pleasantly surprised. I have said her that his name is Harlan and we are corresponding already more than one week, we are good friends and learn about each other with each day. She was so glad for me! By the way she has said you hello Harlan! Also I have told about us Harlan with my other friends and with my parents. My friends are glad for us and wish us to be a very good friends. They have said you Hi too! My parents have told that I am an adult girl and can arrive at a decision by myself and if I want to write you, why not if I feel I need it. I want to tell you I need it, because something attracts me to you and to your letters. While I don't know what, but I like it and I feel better when I get your letters! As always I wait for your next letter with great impatience and with a little shiver. When I get your letter I read it to the end completely without any stops and only after it I can relax a little! I have never felt any feelings like these! It's something new and interesting for me! I want to let you know I miss you and your letters very much. I feel a need in your letters and in our connection! I think maybe this is a destiny and maybe you are my soul mate, I just not so sure. But I can't imagine another reasons of my feelings which fill out myself with every second more and more! I want to ask you do you feel the same? Did you feel something like this too? I am curious! Harlan do you feel something towards my person? I want to know your mind and your point of view to this situation. What can you tell me? Ok, I almost forgot to tell you that I want to tell you my mail address and you can send me handwritten letter. I will be so glad! If you want I would try to send handwritten letter to you too. What do you think about it Harlan? But I want to tell you one important thing. Please don't send any packages to Russia, ok? We have a very, VERY BAD mail service and a lot of packages were just stolen. Especially from other countries. My mom have heard from her co-worker that the relative of her from another city of Russia named Vladivostok had sent a package to her about 3 months ago and it was not delivered till now! And she was at the post office but they had told her that they didn't get any messages about it! And I had heard that it is not rare occasion in mail system here in Russia! I have told about it to you because I don't want that you would lose something. I am just taking care about you. I hope you will understand and appraise my care and will follow to my advise. I think our corresponding via e-mails will be enough for me at this time. All the more so I will try to call you soon. I think when I will have enough free time I will call you, but before I will let you know about time when I will call. I am some nervous, because I will hear your voice soon! It's great! I think you feel the same. To call you I will use a service of communication center in our town. As you know I have no telephone in my apartment and I can't call you from there. Sorry, Harlan I believe you will understand my situation and will wait for my call, ok?

Now I will finish my letter. I am very tired and want to have a rest. Tomorrow I will have a hard day because of a lot of work. But I will try to find some time to write you at least little message. Bye my dear Harlan! I will miss you so much!

Sincerely your Maria.

P.S. I have atteched a picture for you of me. It is i and my friend Olga. I hope you like it!
My mail address is: Russia Novosibirsk area, Karabinka, Komsomolskaya street, 8-12 To: Dzyamka Maria

Letter 4

Hi, my love Harlan!

Today is quite warm here again and how is there?

Today I've surprised a lot that our hopes are coming true! Guess why? I think you would like to know it! Today after my work I've gone to the travel agency which work with embassies from Moscow and they've told me that my visa is ready now! I was very glad because it was so fast! I've asked them to scan it and I send it to you today because I think it's the great news not only for me but for you also! But like any travel agency this one not only prepares visas but it reserves tickets too. I've decided to use their service again because they have a great reputation and respect in our town. I asked them how I can reach Los Angeles (LAX) and how much it costs. They answered me that the ticket costs 1254 american dollars. I asked them to find cheaper tickets because this price is expensive for me. They answered that they had a cheaper ticket and the flight will be on 23 August. It costs 1062 american dollars. I asked them to reserve a ticket. But they refused because they have a lot of clients at this time and they can't reserve my ticket without an advance payment. I spoke with them for a long time and asked to reserve the ticket for me without advance payment but they didn't agree. Then I wondered if it is possible to pay a part of the money now and the other part later. They didn't agree. I spoke with them for a long time and I managed to persuade them. They agreed! We decided that I would pay a part of the price today and the other part later. I paid 90 american dollars. But it was little for an initial payment. Then I went to the pawnshop and pawned my silver and gold jewels for 150 american dollars. It was my last money!
This is the flight information on which I reserved the ticket:
2:40 pm Depart Moscow (SVO) Arrive Los Angeles (LAX) 4:50 pm Tue 23-Aug
Duration: 13hr 10mn Aeroflot-Russian Airlines 321 Nonstop flight

Now I've all necessary documents including my visa and want to see you as soon as I can. That is why I need to pay for this ticket now Harlan. I've asked about it in this travel agency which helped me to formalize my visa and it will be cost not much if I will get this ticket now. If I'll buy the ticket and visa both it will be cost more cheaper than I can buy it in the other place. So I had the money for a visa and I've paid for it already and I have it! Everything is alright and I must pay now for this ticket. I have bought the tickets to Moscow on a plane. I've paid for a part of the flight ticket. But this money is not enough! I don't have more of money for it now. It is very hard for me to tell you Harlan about it! But I've done everything I can! I've paid for a visa, for other documents, for reservation of ticket to you and for ticket to Moscow more than 240 dollars. I don't want to burden you. I thought I could get ticket here more cheaper and can come to you with my own funds but unfortunately I have failed. Now I have to pay the remaining part. It is only 822 dollars. I must pay this money before 22 August, otherwise I will lose my money and the flight ticket! If you love me Harlan, if you trust me and if you want to see me soon, please send the money for this ticket as soon as possible! I will be sure in our meeting if I will have the ticket for a flight to you Harlan! And I don't want that they'll sell the cheapest ticket to other people. I understand that it is a difficult decision for you, but we must trust each other! Any serious relations without trust is impossible, it will not have the future without trust! I don't want to be hypocritical! That's why I want to tell you following: I do not think that you would like to give your love and your heart to the woman who you don't trust, so as I am. It's a first trial for us! Many things depend on it, may be everything! We must trust each other! That's why I was the first of us who made the first step. Step to you Harlan! I confused that money play a great role in a meeting of two people who love each other. So I need 822 dollars for the ticket, because I have some money and I've counted all. It's the best way to buy the ticket because it's cheaper than we will buy the ticket separately. I want to be with you Harlan with all my heart and I do everything for it, you see Harlan! So I need your help and we'll be together!!!! You must always remember that I love you and trust you! Maybe it's our future and I see that our future will be very wonderful! We'll be together very soon, I must buy the ticket and I will be yours and you will be mine!!!!!! I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH, PLEASE DON'T FORGET IT!!!!!! Of course if you don't want you can not to help me. It will be bad but not fatal. I will lose my money and this ticket. IT WILL BE TOO BAD... I say so because I am in despair and confusion. Now, when we are divided only with one step, I am afraid. I am afraid that you will not help, and all my diligence will be gone. I love you and I want to be with you Harlan and the word of honor, your help is necessary for me. I have not calculated my forces. But together we are much stronger. It is much easier to go through difficulties and barriers together. I want to present you all my infinite love and fidelity. I did not want to ask you. I thought, that I can make it all by myself. The loneliness has made me strong. I have got used to live without a help, and to rely only on myself. I address to somebody for the help very seldom, but now I ask you to help me. I have made a step forward. I hope you will make a step towards to me too. I hope it has not offended you. I love you and I trust you Harlan. I know, that you will not throw me now when there is only one step. Tell me Harlan, can you help me? If you have an opportunity please help me. I wonder if it is possible to do. I've asked my friends about helping me and they said that have not it at the present moment. I've asked the advice of my best girlfriend Olga and she has told me that maybe you Harlan can help me because you love me! I've asked her how you can help me because you are so far away from me? She has said that Harlan can send the money through the company which makes this service. I've asked about it in the bank and I know now that reliable and fast company exists which make remittances all over the world and it's called Western union. I has remember that I saw advertising this company on TV. I've taken a directory book and found the address of it. It's not far from me. I've gone there and I've asked them about their service. They've said that a sender must go to the western union branch, give them information: THE NAME AND LAST NAME OF A RECEIVER, A COUNTRY WHERE HE MAKES A TRANSFER AND THEY GIVE HIM THE TEN DIGITS CONFIRMATION NUMBER TO A SENDER. THE RECEIVER MUST KNOW CONFIRMATION NUMBER FOR A RECEIVING MONEY. They say that the branches of it must be everywhere all over the world. I have found out about where is the Western union here (by the way, they have a website, called www.westernunion.com). There is not any branch of western union here, but we have branch of western union in the city named KARABANOVO, this is about 30 kilometers from my town. It's not be a problem to move there. You can send me money using western union according following data:

Address:
ALEXCOMBANK
TORGOVAYA SQ., 5A
KARABANOVO , 601640
RUSSIA.
For : MARIA DZYAMKA.

I must tell them YOUR FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS, EXACT AMOUNT AND CONFIRMATION NUMBER (Money Transfer Control Number) which will be given to you Harlan! Please don't forget to send this information to me, ok?
I love you very much! I think about you Harlan all the time! I think about a meaning of money, and I'm very sad if these papers can prevent people to meet each other. In most cases the money play a main role in the life but it's not right! I'm sure. And the quantity of money was, is and will not important to me. I have never aspired to the material enrichment and don't search specially for a rich man! I appreciate human qualities and relations and I love you Harlan!!! I love you Harlan with all my heart, I want to be with you now... I want to be with you forever! If it's mutually we will be very happy in our life! I think you love me too and we will meet very soon. You are my love Harlan! My heart is yours! I will wait for good news from you, I hope everything will be all right and we will be together soon. Every day I think about our meeting, and I think it's very real now, we must use this chance of destiny. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!

I am waiting for your reply.
Kiss you Maria.