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Letter(s) from Elena Volkova to Terrell (USA)
I have seen your profile at Webdate.com and I would like to know more about you. We can talk if you don't mind.
As for me I am from Russia, 29 years old, no children and free. I am a begginer in Internet dating so don't judge me strictly if something is wrong.
Well, I won't do it long and tire you. Hope to hear from you soon and enjoy our talking. You better e-mail me to my direct address:
I will reply as soon as possible.
You may look at my picture at my profile or I can send it to you by email.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Thank you for your message. I was surprised to find your email. Good surprise.
First of all I am sorry that I couldn't reply to you earlier. I am a little skeptical about these dating service in Internet, so I don't check my email box often. But now if we will continue talking I will check it every day.
Well, now I tell a little about myself.
I am 29 years old now. My birthday is on the November 29. And I will be 30.
My phisical details: height - 5 ft 5 in (172 cm), weight - 119 lbs (54 kg). I have grey-blue eyes and dark blond hair.
I don't smoke. I drink occasionally, red wine or champagne.
I have good education. Work as an accountant at small company.
I have never been married and I have no children.
I keep active life, like sport and outdoors.
I have some hobbies, such as reading and listening to music. Also I like cookery and knitting. I like animals and children.
As for my personality, I am calm and loyal. Enough emotional and sensible.
I am a Christian but not strong believer. I go to church seldom.
I'd like to meet good man with kind soul and great sense of humor. I am family oriented person and my goal is to make happy family. I need support and understanding in my life. I want, that it was the kind, sympathetic, decent and honest man. As for me I am ready to become the fond and tender wife, good friend and partner for this man.
I attached my photo, the most recent.
I also want to say that I am serious about my intentions and I am not going to play heart games.
I understand that distance may become the obstacle. So we should start from friendship. I like to make friends and if things will not work between us we would stay in touch as good friends.
Tell me about yourself and what you think. Waiting for your reply.
P.S. Photo for you.
I am very pleased to get your reply. Thank you for your letter. I'd like to know more about you and your life.
I am sorry for such long delay in my responding. I use Internet at my work and we had some troubles with local network and there was no Internet connection. Now it works and I hope we'll continue our talking.
Well, I will tell a little about myself.
I live in Kosino. It is small village. The population of our place is about 200 people. It is Domodedovo region, Moscow oblast. The life here is as usual as in the another russian village. Of course, I must say that it is nice. I also would like to know about your place.
As for my work. I work as an accountant in the small company. We sell foodstuff for small shops. I can't say that I like my work, but it is good job which I can get there. The position of my work is Domodedovo city, it is near 30 km from my home.
I have good education. I am graduate of Social university and I have a deegree in Finance and Business Accounting.
I can read and write English, and slightly speak. I don't have enough practice in spoken English but I'd like to have. I want to improve my skills. Recently I got some courses of spoken English and now I attend lectures.
About two weeks ago our company was connect to Internet. I like to surf Internet, it is very interesting. And the most striking thing is that I can see all over the world through the computer. I know that I may look silly but I really enjoy this possibility. Yes, I must say that I am begginer with Internet. I use computer at my work and I have not much time in Internet. I don't have computer at home so I can send you a message only when I work. I work 5 days a week so I will be unable to write you on weekends.
I have already been surfing for two weeks in Internet. So don't be strict if I don't understand anything. I will learn it. Smile.
Well, let me continue.
I wanted to tell how I came to conclusion to find someone through Internet. I saw some dating services, I watched ads, but I didn't think that it works. I don't know why I decided to reply to your ad. To be honest I didn't think you would ever write me. I didn't think that it works. But you did. It was so surprised. I am really glad to talk with you.
Well, I am a little confused and I don't know what to say. I hope all this stuff is not too boring to read. Smile.
Also thank you for your photo. You look nice.
Terrell, I have already told you that I want to find someone through Internet. I just wanted to say that it is my serious intention. I am interested in you and I want us to be good friends.
Six months ago I lost my boyfriend. It was sad time. But now I want start new life with new person.
It seems to me, that you are respectable and honest man. I think we can understand each other.
Well, I must close my message now. Waiting for your letter.
Yours faithfully Vnisy.
P.S. This photos are map of my village.
Hello, my friend.
I thank you for your letter and your interest in me. Terrell, it is interesting to read about you and your life.
I want to know more about you. Please, tell me about your family, friends and people that you know. What is your usual day? I will also tell you what you want to know about me.
I have good time to correspond with you. I enjoy it. I can say it is becoming one of my favourite things. I don't remember if I told you about my hobbies or things I like to do for fun. It seems to me that people who wants to have some relationship must have the same ideas and goals in life and also the same ways for rest and fun.
I like different activities like sport, walking, going-out and outdoors. I can't say that I am engaged in sport. I just like it. I like bicycle-riding, swiming and beach especially. Also I like to dance. I dance classic and modern dances. I am an amateur not a professional. I think the real woman should be beautiful both soul and body. My mother teached me to play piano. I also can sing. I will try to learn some english songs. Hope you can hear them someday. Smile.
I enjoy cooking. I prefer italian and russian food. My favourite dishes are different soups and salads. I cook great Ukrainian borsch. It is a soup made of beet, meat, cabbage and carrot. Very tasty. Smile.
As I said I like reading. I read different books, but prefer books about history and countries. I read a lot of Russia and America. These countries are great.
As for fun, I like the same thing like all people. Movie, walking, theatre. I like to drink tea with friends in cafe. We talked about everything and nothing. Smile. I don't have a lot of friends, but all they are good people. To be honest I don't like 'empty' people. My friends are almost my old friends from childhood and youth. They are already almost married. Don't think that I am close person. I like to meet new people and make friends. I am easy-going and I easily strike up new acquaintance. From another side I am not easy approachable woman. I am serious. I think it is from my upbringing.
Terrell, I don't remember if I told you about my family. I live alone. My mom died about two years ago. And I have never seen my father. I am alone baby at my family. The most close person now is my uncle, my mother's brother. He lives with his family, but I am not close to them. His wife thinks my uncle is my lover. Actually we just friends. I think he is like father for me. Silly woman, she can't the friendship between man and woman. I am not angry at her. I am just sorry she is so narrow-minded.
My mother was a scientist. She was full professor at college. She was on the historical faculty.
From my birth my mother wanted me to become a scientist too. But I didn't. I had enough strict upbringing. I had been not allowed to date with boys until I got 20 years old. My mother was old-fashion person. Probably it is not bad. I loved my mother and respect her. She could give me good upbringing. We didn't have any conflicts. I always try to understand her. She loved me too and just wanted me to be happy. It was the most hard time in my life when he died. I thank my uncle, he was with me and supported me.
I talked with my uncle about you. Are you surprised? We often had confiding talking. He understands me in full. I said him that I meet a man on dating service in Internet. And that this man is from another country. Uncle said that it is great. I asked him what he thinks if I would like to visit this country and maybe to move there. He said that it is OK, if I feel I want it. I am glad with this.
Well, hope it is not boring to read. Smile. You see sometimes man must sit and think about his life and about what he is and what he wants. It seems to me that I have this time now.
What I want? Simple things. Happiness, family, careful husband. I put spiritual life to the first, not material things. I am not looking for better life or getting rich. I am looking for full life. Why I can't find husband here in Russia? I can, but I don't want. I see how my mother lived, I see how other people live in Russia. Yes, here is bad economics and I don't want to live here. I love my Motherland but I don't like the State. I want to have comfortable life and don't always be in searching good job and better salary. I want to dedicate my life to my husband and my family. I don't want to say that I am lazy. I like to work, but I don't want to dedicate my life to my work. I hope you understand what I am talking about.
I see that many russian women try to go out from Russia looking for better life. They mary to foreigners to get citizenship of another state. Then they divorce. I don't like them. I believe in marriage for life. I want to marry for love. Terrell, I want you to understand me in full, until we will make some any steps.
Tell me what you think about this all and what else you would like to know. Well, this letter seems to be long, so I will close. Until next time.
Thank you for your writing. It really brights my days. Don't think that is just words. I always mean what I say... Or at least I try to. Smile.
Terrell I can't still believe you are so far from me. Yes, I understand it but can't imagine it. It seems to me we are old friends and you just live next city. Yes, computer and Internet are like a window to the world. It is fantastic.
You know our acquaintance made me to think a little differently about people living in the world. Good change. Of course I knew about other countries and people but before it was like an idea, that I saw on TV, read in books and newspapers. But now I can feel it. Understand me please, I have just touched to different culture, life and people through you. And I saw it is real. Terrell I am a person that doesn't believe until he touchs. Smile. I realize you are the same person as I am. We speak different languages, live in the different countries but we want the same things in our lifes. I feel that I am a part of something very huge and important. Thank you for giving me this feeling. Now I want to travel all over the world, to meet new people and to get new experience. I really think it is great fun and useful. What do you think? I actually may look naive but this is what I think. Smile.
Yesterday I met my friends. We usually meet at someone's home or go to our favourite cafe. This is pretty nice place. It is small and very cosy. They don't sell alcohol there so it is not very popular. It seems stange? I am not sure you know but usually russians drink a lot. So it is always loudly where alcohol is on sale. My friends don't like to drink too as I do. They are almost my old friends from university or childhood, and a girl from my work. We talk, drink tea, joke, have fun. Very nice people. I live them all.
It's a pitty we can't meet often but time or too in month. They almost are married and have family and children so they are constantly busy. Well the matter is that I told them about you. They were really happy for me. They already asked when I come to you. Smile. I explained we are just friends but they still bantered me all evening. They say hello to you.
Terrell I've just realized you don't know my full name. I want you know. My full name is Elena Ushakova. I know I would must said it before. I am sorry for I used my nick name. You may call me any way you like.
Also I want to give you my postal address.
It is Sovetskaya street 15, Village Kosino, Domodedov region, Moscow oblast 142060.
I want you know it just in case I can't write you an email. Please, don't send any presents to me. I would feel very uncomfortable to accept it if I would get them. Our postal system is very unreliable and I don't want you waste your money. Terrell also give me your postal address, in case if I don't email you, I may send you some card to let you know I am ok.
Well I must already go home. I will continue next time.
Elena (or Lena for short)
p.s. Terrell I really glad you wrote to me. Smile. Keep writing.
I can't write you from my work any more. I have new chief. He just interdict use the internet at personal needs.
I couldn't wait when I can come here to computer club to read your letter.
It really brights my day. Smile. I am really happy to get your reply. And I like we both enjoy our correspondence. Your letters mean a lot for me.
Terrell, yesterday evening I told with my uncle about you. He is exciting about our friendly relationship. I read him some parts from your letters. Not all, just some sentenses. Hope you don't mind I share that with my uncle. He is the only close person to me and I trust him.
He thinks you are worthy man. But he said I must be cautious. I can understand his feelings. But for me you are honest man and I don't think you can ever deceive me. I know I may be mistaken with my thoughts about you. Only time will say the truth. Smile.
To be honest we discussed about my possibility to move to you. Smile. Don't worry, it is just an idea. I understand that it is too early to think about it. But who knows. Maybe at first we would meet in person. Anyway my uncle said that he will support me in my choice and don't mind if I move.
Terrell, I don't know what is going on with me. I found myself thinking of you often. It seems to me that you are more than just a friend to me. I hope I didn't scare you off with my thoughts. Smile. I wonder what you think about me as your possible life partner? Do you think that we could have common future? I understand if it is too straight question. But I would like to know your opinion. I am honest with you and I want you to be honest with me too. We must trust each other. It's very important in relationship.
As for me I see you as my possible partner for life. I know we have great distance between us. But with our letters I feel you close. I believe you are the man with nice soul. I think personal contact is more better than letters via e-mail. But now it is enough to know each other better and see if we really can have something common in future. Who knows probably we will meet one day and get married. Smile.
Well, I continue to tell about me and my life here.
My usual day is not too interesting. I get up at 6 o'clock and at 8 I must be at my work. It takes me about 40 minutes to get there by bus.
Then I am at work until 5. About 6 o'clock I return home. Make some domestic things like cleaning and washing. Three times a week I go to gym, make some aerobics and dances. Sometimes I go to library, theatre, to my friends. When I don't want to go anywhere I stay at home to read a book or play piano, I like to learn a new music composition. In the evenings I watch some film or show on TV and go to bed.
Today I got my salary at work. That small pleasant event always makes people to love their work if only for a day. Smile. I don't earn large sum of money. It is 3500 rubles (about $125 USD) for a month. But I am enough satisfied with it. I wish I got more money, but I don't want to become crazy about it. I saw many people who wanted to get much money. Some of them gained it. But they almost changed their personality. They can't talk about anything, only money. Yes, it is difficult to make good money in Russia. But money is not my life goal. For my salary I can buy something of clothes and it is enough to buy food. For russian standard I have less average earnings. I have a TV set and tape-recorder at home. I don't have a car, but I can drive it. I have my bicycle and I enjoy to ride it. Smile. Not sure how interesting it is to read about these things but I want you know.
Terrell, how much do you earn? I am just interesting. You don't need to answer if you don't want.
I know that we have different life levels. But it is interesting what are expenses for living at you. I pay about $50 USD for my flat and electricity. In winter I pay additional 10 for central heating. I am lucky I live in my mother's flat. This flat was given to my mother by the Univercity where she worked. Actually it is not my accomodation. I can just live here. I have only one room and a kitchen. I don't want to complain of something. It is usual things here. I want to show you life here.
By the way how much is Internet access where you live? I am paying about 48 roubles for an hour in this computer club (about $1.7 USD for a hour). Terrell, tell me about your the same things. I am interesting what is your life there.
I thought about my life and recent events. You know from my last relationship with man I understood that the connection between man and woman is very delicate. It needs efforts from both sides to be supported and developed. You can't just date, make love and say words. It is more deeper. My last boyfriend was a photographer. Some my pictures were made by him. He was more than just a photographer, he was an artist, a creator. Our parting was not a tragedy. In the certain time we both understand we are not together and decided to break it. I don't miss him. It was the best we could do. Terrell I don't know why I tell it to you. Now I want to create full relationship and I know how to do it. I will try to give all my soul to my man and I need his one for me.
Well don't get it too close. It is just my thoughts and I don't claim anything. Smile.
I have got your mailing address. Thank you. I wrote it down to my notebook. This weekend I will try to send some card or a letter to see if that works. You will let me know when you get it.
Well, I must cut my letter here. Write me more. All what you think and dream. I need it.
Looking forward to getting your letter.
Take care of you.
P.S. This photo was created by my last boyfriend.
How are you? I am fine.
I am sorry for my silence. We had some troubles at my work and I had to do some extra work. Now all things are done and I can visit Internet club. By the way I knew that internet club works on Saturday and Sunday also. I think I will write you on any days on week.
Don't think I forgot about you. Smile. No, I think of you often. I am very interesting to know you more and I like that we can talk via email. Is it OK for you that I can't write you everyday or regularly? I will try to write as often as I can.
To be honest I am a little nervous. Terrell, you may ask why I feel a little nervous. I am a little scared about having new serious relationship, particularly, a relationship with you, because I want a relationship with you to work out. I want it to happen, to mature, and excel. Another reason I am nervous is because a serious relationship is a big step. A big step for both of us. And, lastly, I am nervous of the possibility that you will say something like "Elena, you are a great friend, and I think we should keep things that way". I think I want more. It is based on what you have written me, what you have told me of you, and what you have told me of your thoughts, life and so on. I think that I really want to develop our relationship. I know it may be premature for me to think this way. But I do because I feel this way.
Last days I thought about you a lot and I thought about us. I thought may it be possible for us to meet each other one day. I thought how real is Internet. How we can learn each other thought it. Really it seems to me that there is no difference what way we communicate. The important thing is that we can learn each other and to have image of our character in our minds. And it is great.
Thank you for your congratulation. I think my Christmas will be nice. Smile.
Well, I must go now. I will write again soon.
P.S. The attached file is the photo from Turkey. I visit Turkey at last summer.