Letter(s) from Margarita Kiselyova to Roger (USA)

Letter 1

Hi, my dear friend ! Thank you for your letter.
today was really a good day, and right now I am sitting, writing this letter and smiling:)
And I hope that right now you are reading my letter, and you are smiling too. :)
My mood has become better again when I got your letter. I should say when I am in a good mood my work seems more easy and I'm not so tired.
By the way when I came to work today my mood was not so good because my friend Maria had fallen ill and now she is in hospital. I asked a doctor and he answered that my friend will stay in hospital for about one week because she had problems with appendicitis. It's not a very good case.
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. When people are ill we visit them very often as we can. I think it helps them recover faster. I think it's a good support for them. Do you agree with me? Please let me know what you do when someone of your relatives or friends is ill and stay in hospital. Do you do the same things? As a matter of fact I have only two real friends - Amanda and Maria the lady who is in hospital. They are also not married but have boyfriends. We have been friends for almost 20 years. We went to the same kindergarten and we lived in neighbor houses a lot of time but now we live in different districts. But it's not a problem for us and we can meet each other almost any time. We work together with Amanda.
I remember we liked to go to my grandmother. There are very beautiful places.
The air is very fresh and clean, it is a very silent place and there is beautiful nature. In summer we visit my grandmother during my vacation or weekends. We always go to the river to swim. I am a fine swimmer! And if we swam together with you, you would have a big problem if you tried to catch me in the water, and in winter we go skiing and skating. In summer we go to the forest to gather mushrooms and berries. In Russia it is very popular. Once upon a time we even lost the way and found road already almost at night. We had to climb a high tree just to look where to go. We were afraid but now we remember it like a funny case.
Have you ever gone to the forest to pick mushrooms and berries, I wonder?
Of course I dont just have fun in the villige, I always help my grandmother with her garden. Every year she grows vegetables - potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, garlic and onions, berries. This is my mother's mother:) My grandfather took part in the World War Second and got some wounds there. He took part in the famous battle for Moscow where the fascists were stopped and couldn't seizure Moscow. He had a lot of awards.
He remained alive till the victory and even reached Berlin, but he died in 1980 because of the old wounds. Our grandmother always gives us all necessary vegetables and that’s why we do not buy vegetables in the market at all! Now I visit my grandmother more seldom than when I was a student, because of my work. But nevertheless I try to do it as friequent as possible. My soul rests in the village. And I am not sure even what I like more - a small place near the forest and the river, silence, singing of birds behind the window or a big city with cinemas, museums, beautiful houses and shops, with attractions, but with cars' roar and noice of people's crowd and to add to all these with criminal. Unfortunately criminal rate in Russia is on a very high level. But I don't want to speak about sad things. By the way today when I come to Maria we will speak about you.
I have told to my friends that i met you. Yes, my friends know that I am talking to you, and they start asking a lot of questions! :). But if to take into account that with one of them I work together in clinic, to avoid interrogation about my new friend is more and more difficult! :)
I wanted to ask you what makes you happy ? What do you like more, a big city or a small village? Plaese, write me as you can.
I have to go. But I will wait for your letter and your pics!
I send you my pictures! I hope you'll like them. I hope you can find me in my pictures. If is not, I will help :) And I hope you will write me soon.
And then I will have again a smile on my face.
Your friend Karina.

P.S. I hope that right now you have a smile on your face .
I want you to smile, smile, smile, smile

Letter 2

Hi, my ! My dear, excuse, for a delay of the answer! I even do not know what to tell first. I simply hope that you will be happy! The most important, finest news - I did it! I GOT THE VISA! I am very happy !!!!
My prince I have not stopped on it and later we with my girlfriend at whom I have stopped in Moscow have gone to office of this airline, company that reserves airway tickets. I asked them how I can reach airports and how much it costs. They've told me that the roundtrip flight to your airport cost 2187 US dollars. It was too expensive for me and I've asked them to find the cheapest variant. And they've offered. It would be only on the October 5 I have learned, that cost of tickets up to in one party will make 685 dollars, I was wondered if it was possible to reserve a ticket and to pay for it a part of the funds this time and the other part later, because other people can buy the cheap ticket and I'm not. But they've refused and I was in despair! I've asked them to help me so long time that tears have come to my eyes! And they've agreed! I have learned, that now return tickets are necessary for the proof of that I independently can return to Russia.
But there is an opportunity to change return the ticket on money in your country, or to change date. To me have told, that if will take return tickets the discount at a rate of 5% is given, it turns out that 685+685=1370 dollars and will subtract 5% these are 68 dollars that will make 1302 dollars, but still it is necessary to add to this sum of 10% from cost for registration of tickets and meal, it will turn out 1432 dollars, 6:45 am Depart Moscow (SVO) Arrive NORTHWEST 8:40 pm October 5 I will give you my flight number information, as soon as i have it in my hand. The dollar exchange rate has fallen in our country and it is the cheapest tickets of an economic class, is cheaper a way to arrive to you I is not present. It was the best variant for me. They have told that I can pay a part of money now, and the other part later. it is possible, but I will be limited by term. And if I will not pay the full cost of the ticket within of this term, I will lose already nested money. I have agreed because it is the only chance for me, because I must give to anti-emigration committee a data about my payment. By this moment I had only the concrete sum of money which I had after all my expenses. I paid 770 USD. But it was not enough for them. In a panic, all what and I could do - I pawned my gold earrings and rings In a pawnshop and I got 178 USD. That is all I could do.
I know that probably I simply must tell that I can't come to you because I haven't the remaining sum. I know that I promised to do all by self, and I was sure that I can. I did not want to ask you. But after I did everything I did, I cannot simply tell that I will not come to you. I have passed through so many difficulties, and I have overcome the most difficult.
But all the same I have disgusting feeling that I could not fulfill the promise.
I am always ready to do all what is possible,- to fulfill my promises, but at the same time I understand that any person could get in such a situation.
To get the visa and all papers I have spent much more money than I expected.
But people were ready to help me only if I will pay them. I paid more than 500 dollars to get all documents, I paid in municipal committee, in the ministry. Even officers in army garrison have compelled me to pay for their help. I did not expect all this, but up to the last moment I was sure that I still can make everything. I expected that I can get a vacation payment. But I have received only a part. We get other part a vacation payment in three weeks. Besides, some of my funds were stolen out of my house and I have been compelled to buy new door for my apartment. But I cannot leave my apartment with broken door. And of course I have been compelled to pay much for it. I feel so guilty. I was sure that nothing can prevent our meeting. But I must pay remaining sum. It is 491 usd. And I must pay funds before October 3, morning. Otherwise I will lose my nested funds and our jewelry will be sold out simply in vain. I know that I should not ask you, and I am very ashamed to do it. And maybe I really simply had to tell you that I can't meet with you because I could not provide my travel completely now.
But I cannot simply refuse our meeting because then all my diligence, forces, nerves, means will be spent in vain. I understand that it is big sum to lend me. You are not obliged to help me. And 500 dollars which I have spent to get the visa, and 948 $ that I have given for the ticket also I restored a door in an apartment before departure. It all are big funds for me. But I want you to know that I have given everything not for the sake of myself, but for the sake of us, for the sake of you and me. And I was happy all this time. If you want to meet me, to help me to make our meeting, please, transfer funds to the help before October 3, morning.
I do not know if you want to help me or already not.
But i think you have told that I should let you know if there is anything you can do to help me. I believe you even though I am afraid to ask. But I have no other exit. I need you . If you can help me I will tell you what I have found out. Here we have remittance system.
And I have addressed to the most convenient bank. I have been told that they use the systems "WesternUnion.com" and "MoneyGram.com".
They have told that it is the American systems. And there I can receive your help very fast and I will be absolutely safety. if you will use WesternUnion please transfer funds for a name of my girlfriend here - Maria Chepurnaya. Because, here, in Moscow, there are certain rules.
And I cannot receive funds personally because, I have no the Moscow registration. Or for my name - Tatyana Ozhegowa if you will use MoneyGram, they allow to select funds without the Moscow registration. For an example, near there is a office: Master-Bank; Azovskaya st, 23; Moscow, Russia.
491 dollars. I send you the view of my ID document. If the additional data will be necessary for you. There I have been told, that to get the money, we must tell to employee of bank(agent) your full name, your full address, exact sum which I should receive and some confidential numbers - Reference Number.
You will get this number in your office if you will send your help.
Only with presence of all this information I can get your help. Also hey have told that funds it is possible to send online through a site WesternUnion.com And I will give you back all your funds at the earliest opportunity probably in 1-2 weeks. I will get wage from my old job and salary with a new job. Besides, Vadim is now selling my Car and will be sending us 9 thousand dollars for living. I think about you all the time! I think about a meaning of funds, and I'm very sad if these papers can prevent people to meet each other. In most cases the funds play a main role in the life but it's not right! I do not know what answer I will get from you . I very much am afraid that you will not help me. But I want to tell, that I really need you, and I simply can't endure the thought that I did almost everything, but I will not meet you. I have given all my forces, but together we are stronger. Are you with me?

Write to me soon!
With love, Your Tatyana.

PS today, quite by accident, I saw a tape Dictaphone, in home at my girlfriend) she allowed me to use these devices. I was able to record a voice message to you. I hope you can understand my English) sorry I can not talk with you right now:(