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Letter(s) from Elena Volkova to Dan (USA)
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.
Dan, 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.
Dan, 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.
Dan, 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). Dan, 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. Dan 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.
As for vnisy, it is only nickname.
Also, thank you for very nice card. I like 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.
Hi my dear Dan.
I am sorry for my long silence. I did have any possible to get e-mail. All at our country get holiday. And all this time the Internet cafe didn't work. But now it is ok. And I will try to write you more now.
In Russia very much like to mark all holidays. Russia, probably, the unique country, in which huge amount of holidays. the New Year for Russian is a most favourite, cheerful holiday. In our country there is a sign «as will meet the New Year so it and you will stay». Therefore for a holiday prepare long before and carefully. the New Year for most people is considered as family holiday. This holiday celebrate in a circle of family relatives. Most people try to dress in new clothes and to cover the celebratory table on especial richly at this day.
At the New Year in houses decorate a the New Year's tree. Parents before the New Year put under a the New Year's tree the gifts for children. When I was small, I trusted in Santa Claus. And always found under a the New Year's tree in the New Year long-awaited gifts. One day, when I was 6, the Santa Claus has come to my home. I sang song to him and he gave me a gift, it was beautiful plush a bear. While I considered a bear and was pleased for gift, the Santa Claus has left to kitchen. And then I have seen, how the Santa Claus has removed a beard and a cap, and I have found out in him my uncle.
Then I also have understood, that there is no Santa Claus. Also that it is a fairy tale. But I was not upset. I even on the contrary was delighted, that my uncle can be such cheerful wizard. And till now thethe New Year associated at me with magic. In the New Year I usually think of desires, and they almost always come true. It is necessary to trust simply.
Usually in the New Year in Russia beautiful fluffy snow drops out. And in the street it becomes very beautiful. Some people mark in the street. Drink champagne, light candles, start up fireworks, sing songs, dance, congratulate all on a holiday, wish each other all blessings, happiness, pleasure. Very cheerfully.
I very much love the New Year. It is a magic holiday. As for me, I celebrated New Year with my uncle. It was very nice. Hope you celebrated it nice too.
I am always happy to receive your letters. Thank you. I am glad to getting your e-mail ever. I hope you don't take offence at me. I promise I will try to write you more often.
Today we have great weather. Sunny and enough warm. I like this time very much. We have a mild weather now. It is very good time for walking in the parks here. I would like you were here and we could go for walk and talk with each other.
You know Dan I miss you. Smile... Yes, I have never seen you but I miss you. With our correspondence I feel you close to me. Don't know how it may happen but I have a feeling we know each other for a long time.
Dan I am sorry I can't write you long letter today. I have some things to do today and I must go.
I just wanted to let you know that I received your message and I don't forget you, I think about you every day.
I will write you soon.
P.S. Dan I have some art pictures, I will send you in one with letters. The photos was created by my last boyfriend. Hope you like it.
I am really happy we are in touch. Thank you for your letters. They make my days. I think of you constantly. You are very close to me. I don't know how it could happen so fast. It is amazing. I feel you very close, but I can't see you.
You see we both are sincere with each other. I think it is the way people must comunicate with each other. I think that we mustn't hide our feelings and thoughts. I do it. I am ready to give myself to the destiny. I believe in fortune. I think I am lucky to find you.
Dan I miss you in the evenings. Sometimes at nights I dream of you. I see you smiling and whispering my name. You know I wish you were here next to me or I were near you. I want to touch your hand, to see in your eyes and whisper your name... Sweet dream.
I believe we are compartible and we could be a great couple. I have thought a lot about us and came to conclusion. Dan we must meet in person. I want to touch your hand and see into your eyes. Really. I thought is it really so hard for us to meet? We live on the same planet, just in different places.
Dan I want to visit you. Would you like to meet me in person? Would you like to see me in real? I want it. I think if we both want it we can do it. Is it a crazy idea?
We met in virtual space. We found out that we have common thoughts and ideas for living. We both need someone in our lifes. We like each other. So we must meet.
We must meet to see if we are persons who we see in our letters and our thoughts. We should meet to learn each other more, to talk, to feel each other. We should check up our expectation in real life. I don't see the sense to continue our corresponds and to make image of our relationship in our minds.
I think we must meet and see if the things will work out between us, see if we will fall in love with each other. Without meeting in person we can't create full understanding of person. I want to meet you and to develop our relationship. I know we met in Internet but we met each other. It means a lot.
Dan I would like to visit you this winter. I will have vacation and I think it would be good time to meet. Tell me what you think about it?
Dan, I really feel nervous right now. I don't want to stay friends. You see it is not enough for me. I want more. You may think I am crazy, we never met. I understand. But can't do anything with it. I feel this way and I am ready to continue our relationship in more close manner.
I told with my uncle about this. He is very exciting for me. But he doesn't mind. He said "it is your life Elena and you are worth to have your happy".
He also said that he has good friend in Moscow who works as a lawyer in emigration field. Uncle said he will help me with all paperworks. I will learn about what papers I need to make and then I will tell you. I don't know how long it will take me and how hard it will be.
Dan I want also to enlist your support. Can you help me if I need something from you? I don't know what exactly, maybe some information about you or something else.
Do you think it is possible for us to meet? I think yes. I believe in fortune and I think it smiled on us. If we could meet each other in Internet we can meet in real. I am sure we will have happy future together.
Dan I am so excited thinking of it. Yes, I surely want to embrace you and I will do everything that depends from me to make us met. Please, write sooner what you think. I am sorry if this letter is a little chaotic. I am just very exciting.
Dan, thank you for money, it is very pleasant. I will write you when I get it.
p.s. I want to visit, but who know maybe I will stay with you. Smile.
I am really glad to see your letter. It is the only reason for me to check my email box.
Dan I must say to you some words. I love you. I don't know how you react to it. But these words are sincere from me. You see my heart says that you are my right man. I understand that it is too fast to fall in love with the man that you have never met in real. But also our meeting started not from flirtation but from honest words. We have been sincere with each other. We both need some one in this life. We both like each other. We started our relations from learning our thoughts and dreams. We both know what other wants. We shared our thoughts and we have a lot common.
I don't know what you think of me now. Maybe you think I am crazy or you share my opinion. You see if the man knows what he wants he must do something to get it, but not to sit and think of it all time. I know that I love you. I know you are careful, honest and strong man. You cannot deceive me. I know that you are the man that I have been searching for.
To my mind this situation about Internet helps us to develop our relationship in shot time. We've just jumped the long period of acquaintance and adaptation to each other. At first we started from the point that other people reach in some months or more.
See Dan, people meet, adapt to each other. Then after some time they begin to consider their common goals and intentions. Then they decide possibility of living together or having some kind of relationship. So the end point of this situation is exchange of thoughts. We reach it without preparatory stage.
To my opinion, the most important thing in relations between man and woman is spiritual contact and understanding without words. Other things are less important and some have no importance at all.
For me love is the thing you can't describe. It comes from inside of you. You just want to make happy the man you love. And there is no any criterion of appreciation to it.
Well I said enough for now. Dan I love you. It is true. I will think of you and wait your reply. I will write you soon.
always yours Elena.
At first thank you for money you sent. It was very pleasant gift from you. I want to tell you very serious thing.
Dan, I have done some research for coming to you. And I have good results. I talked to my uncle's friend about it. He works as a lawyer in immigration agency in Moscow. His company helps people to solve all questions about travels, organized tours and immigration. They also make all paperworks and passport required for travelers. I got his professional advice about my wish to come to you.
He said that I would need visa and passport to come to you. His company can make all these papers in 10 days. This company is connected with American Embassy. That's why they work so quickly.
I asked what I would need to do and he told me about all stages in this process. At first I need to apply for visa in this company. They will make an inquiry into embassy in Moscow. Usually it takes about two days. After they will receive authorization for my visa I will need to contract for their service. Then they will start their work. I will get visa, all papers and passport in 10 days. Then I can get ticket for a plane and fly to you.
Their service costs $350 USD. I know this is a lot, but it is fast and reliable.
The lawyer said I can try to get visa by myself but it will take more time, about 6-12 months. I will need to come to embassy and apply for visa. The pay is about $150 USD. Then I will need to come there some times to sign different papers and wait. You see it could take more time, money and nerve finally.
What do you think of this occasion? I think it is great chance for us to meet. There is the reason we must hurry with it. This company have a licence to issue visas. But the government of the USA decided to limit number of visas since this year. This company will not issue visas any longer since February 1, 2005. The only way to get visa will be the embassy and it is very hard, almost impossible for lonely young woman. So I will not be able to get visa that way. Also the lawyer said that they have limited number of visas they can issue for this year. This is the rule of US Embassy. Now they have few visas they can give. He said if I want to get visa I must do it as soon as possible.
You see we must hurry if we want to meet in person. I must say that I have already applied for visa. Don't you mind?
Dan, I love you and I need to meet you in person. We must do it as soon as possible. You know I haven't $350 USD. It makes me so sad. What can I do? I hate I have no this money. And I feel very uncomfortable to ask you for money.
If I could pay for it I would do it without any doubts. I can get about $50 USD for visa but I need another 300. Dan, I know we will be happy together. Please, help me with visa money, help us to meet.
As for visa's period of validity it works for 3 months. I can prolong it if I will need. And I also can marry you if we will decide to do it. Dan, please, think of it. It is our chance, we can't miss it. I must pay for visa next week. You see they take payment in advance usually. But the lawyer made an exception for me, because he is my uncle's friend. And I promised to pay in these days. I can't let him down.
Trust me Dan. It is the best way we can meet. If you really want to meet me and help, please send money these days.
Use Money Gram system. We have several Money Gram agents locally here. So I will be able to receive your money without any problems. They are very fast and reliable. You will need to put in order my name as Elena Ushakova and location - Moscow. After you send money let me know Reference number of your transfer, your name and address as it appears in transfer order. I will need this data to get your money. You can send money from any moneygram agent. Look at their web site: www.moneygram.com
Dan, I understand that it is maybe too fast and rush, but we need it. We can meet and we must use this chance. I know it is much money but I don't have this money. I think I could save this sum in an year but we can't wait so long.
Dan, you see it will be the first step to our future. I must get visa at first. I understand that it may take some months to save money for ticket. I will try to find them here, at least part of them. But I can't find money for visa in such short time. Help me.
I do it, because I love you and I trust you. I believe in our future, I believe in you. I love you.
p.s. I am sorry if I seem too pressing in this letter, I've just wanted to let you know how important it is for us to meet.
Thank you very much for money you sent. I have just came to Internet cafe to see if there is anything from you. You gave me the best gift I could dream about, the confidence in the future.
I love you my dear. If you were here right now I would like to embrace and kiss you so everyone here can see us. Smile. I don't have words to thank you. You really make my life bright.
Dan I will go to Moscow tomorrow to receive your money. I will write you again when I come back and let you know if everything is allright.
You asked me about my vacation. Don't worry about it. I will come to you for at least a month but I hope to stay at you forever. As for visa I am going to get K-1 visa. The lawyer said that it is possible to do.
You asked me for telephone number. I am sorry I don't have a telephone at home and I don't know where I could accept your call. I could call you from payed telephone.
Think about me and take care. We will be together soon.
Hi, my love.
Dan thank you for money you sent. I have already received them. Everything is OK. I have also payed the lawyer. He said good news. My visa was approved. It meens I will get it for sure. Now we will need just to wait my visa. I am very happy you could help. I knew you will trust me and support. I think I will get visa next week.
Dan I am very happy to get your replies. They impressed me and moved me to tears. Dan, thank you for your being. You see I have the reason to live now. I want to live long life with you and to be happy together. I am sure that I want it. And it must come true.
Dan I have never felt thus. I feel like I was asleep. I have waked just now. I see the world with another look. I see all colours of life. I love you. I live only for your letters. What about my dreams they have changed. I think about you often and wonder how pleasant it will be to spend a lot of time with you holding hands and walking in a park or dining out in a nice restaurant.
Dan I asked the lawyer to check prices for plane ticket. He said that I can have the discount for plane ticket. You see my uncle has good services in the State. So he could have the discount for one flight in a year for him or for any member of his family. That was his offer to help me. It works at Russian airlines company Aeroflot. My uncle will need to request to his trade union for some documents and then the lawyer will help me with papers and forms to get this discount.
I think I will fly from Moscow. I can get there by bus. I will need to know what is you nearest airport. The laywer must know it so he could formalize the papers. Dan I think I must try to get this discount. It is about one third of full cost of ticket. I feel very uncomfortable you have such expenses for me. I want to help you. See what is exact prices for ticket from your side. I want to see how much they cost here. Maybe it makes no sense to get the discount.
Dan I am very worried about you being without me. I am afraid that I can lose you. If something happen with you and you can't tell me I probably will go crazy. Be careful, please, and save yourself for me. I will bless God for you.
Thank you for your calling card. I tryed to call using it but it didn't work. I will try again today. Hope we will be able to talk.
I love you Dan. I wish I was be able to embrace you now. But I can just think of you and read your letters. Write me more, please. I will write you more later.
Bye my love. I am thinking of you.
p.s. I will marry you! Smile.
Hi my love Dan.
I'm very happy to see and to read your letter. Your letters warm me and give me energy for all days. I have told to my uncle, that I love you very much. He didn't say anything, just smiled at me. I know he is happpy that I found you. Uncle said don't forget about him when I left. Smile. He couldn't say me this he knows I will never forget him. I said I will send him cards and write emails.
I miss you Dan and the only thing I can think about is to see you. I have already told everyone at my work about you. Smile. They think I am crazy. I don't care about it. I know they just are not so bold to do the same. Close friends are happy for me too and say me to be very cautious. I can understand them, they don't know you as I do.
You asked me to send you a copu of my visa. Yes, I will send it as soon as I get it. I think I will receive it this week.
Dan I have learned about airfare. The lawyer said I can buy ticket from Moscow to Minneapolis for about $560.
It is the price with my uncle's discount. All papers will be ready in few days to take the discounted ticket.
Another details: the lawyer said that it is special offer from Aeroflot and it's time limited. This offer works for Russian citizens until February 10. They will rise their prices later because of spring and beggining of tourist season. This discount also will not work after this date.
The lawyer said that we must to purchase my ticket in advance until this offer works. There are several flights that available for me. We can buy ticket for any day in two months. Tell me what date would be better for you so I could get ticket for proper day.
I think we must obtain this discount and get the ticket. What do you think? I am afraid that I can't help anything unless getting this discount for ticket.
I am ready to come to you at any time I get a ticket. If we buy it I would be sure we will meet soon. Please send money as soon as you can. I am afraid that all flights will be full and we will be unable to get ticket for this price in time.
Dan write me back soon please. I'm waiting the moment when I can touch you, look in your eyes and say I love you.
Sometimes when I lie down to sleep, I think about you. I'm happy and I smile. I open my eyes and I see, that you are not here with me. I understanded, that it was just a dream, and I am alone, and I am sad. I'm sad, because you are not next to me and I begin to cry. I am afraid when I think that something doesn't allow us to meet and we never see each other.
Hi, my Dan.
I am so happy to receive a letter from you. I miss you whole days. I am very excited to see an e-mail from you! Dan, I am dreaming of you constantly. I didn't receive anything in the mail yet. I hope it will come soon.
I dream of touching you and sleeping with you in my arms. I want to be with you, to keep you warm, to hold you and never let you go. I want to be with you forever, and I know that the time will come true. We just must do the things that depends from us. And finally we can overcome all obstacles.
Dan, yesterday evening I thought of you and wrote a little poem. I don't know how it is correct and right. But I think it can express my feeling very well.
My dear, dear, dear, dear!
I want to see you and to hear!
My life is filling with a mean
After I've found you, and you've found me.
I want to hold you by your hand.
Oh, man! How much I want your hand!
I'd like to touch all your fingers
I feel the sorrow, I'm sad singer.
My friends said me: "It is a rise!
There is the happy in your eyes!"
But they don't know why I'm such.
It is, because I love you much!
But I'm sad singer (I wrote you)
I can not hear and see you
I can not hold you by my hand
Because I know how far is your land!
Well, don't be very strict judge. I am just a beginner.
Dan I have got my visa. I am so happy. We are lucky to find each other. Smile. I asked the lawyer to scan my visa and he did. I want to show it to you. Believe me we will be together real soon.
Dan, I don't want to cut my letter. I'd like to write it forever. See you soon. I love you. I forgot my uncle's name is Ivan.
I love you. I miss you very much. Your letters do make me feel good.
Yesterday I had very nice day. I met my old friends. We are the friends about 10 years and a year ago they moved to St. Petersburg. I have travel to them to St. Petersburg. They are Natasha and Sergey. Very happy couple. Natasha's mother lives here and they came to visit her. In the evening they invited me and few another friends. We had very warm talking, nice supper and relaxed atmosphere. I enjoyed the evening and thought about you. I thought how it could be if you were here with me. Of course in short awhile everyone noted my mind absence. I was with you. Smile. Yes, I still hadn't told anything about you to Natasha and Sergey. Then I told them everything. They were happy for us and said that they would be glad if we could visit them in St. Petersburg one day. Natasha were happy sincerely. But Sergey told me to be very cautious. I assured him that you are very reliable and careful man and I trust you. But Sergey asked me to give him your phone number and let him know when I come to you so he could call to me and make sure I am OK.
Dan I have so strange feeling. I am already not here and I am not there with you yet. I can't wait to meet you.
Today I had a conversation with Maria Ivanovna. She is my neighbour. She is a teacher of the English language at local university. She is my mother's friend and often come to me. She lives alone and we are friends. Maria Ivanovna is 65, she's going to retire on a pension. We discussed with her the problem of language barrier. She has told me, that when she was on training in England, she has fallen in love with an young teacher (Englishman). They had a love-affair. In that time she had poor English, but her friend understood her. When they remained alone, she did not use her knowledge of English. She understood him without any words. Smile. She said it is not a problem to communicate in English when you are in language atmosphere. She also thinks that I have very good skills in English. To her opinion I will need only about a couple of weeks to adapt the situation and then I will speak fluent English. It is a psychologic adaptation. And it is all right. Now I am sure I will not have any problems with English. Also I hope, you will help me to take possession English in perfection.
Well, I close my letter. Think of me. I think of you constantly. I get very excited thinking of our meeting.
I love you.
Hi my love Dan.
I received your money. It is allright. I will buy the ticket on Monday because of weekend. I will let you know date and time of my flight as soon as I get the ticket. The dates would be at the end of February.
Today I thought of you the whole day. I love your name very much, as well as you. Your name reminds me something very good. I know, that you are very good and kind person. You are my choice and I'm your choice. And I am very happy with it.
I love you very much my dear. I'd like to tell you it again and again.
Do you believe in my love? I see you have already told it, but I want to hear it again. We must fix feelings personally. I so hope to see you soon. I will be more happy, when I will see you near to me!!!
My uncle said Hi to you again! He is very happy for me, because I have found my love. He wishes us to be together and have happy life.
I often dream about our meeting, when you will meet me at the airport, and we will go and we will talk. I think, that we will understand each other, because it will be language of love.
Please write me your answer soon. I will wait for your response.
I love you very much! I will think of you Dan.
I feel joy to see your letter and read it. I can say that I am really happy. And the only idea I live for is that I will meet you in person. It will be the best day in my life when I see you. Smile.
Dan I received your money. It is OK. I also have been to Aeroflot agent in Moscow. They said that I must buy ticket there because of my discount. I have reserved the ticket. My flight is on March 1. Hope you will meet me in airport. I don't remember the time when I land. I have details at home. I will write you all details next time.
Also in Aeroflot I was told about some information. I am afraid it could be the problem for us. I don't know how to say. It is the customs entry. I will explain.
The matter is that when the foreigner comes to the US he must have some money with him. I was informed that I need to have some cash with me to enter the US. They said this is the law. It is required to prove that I have the money for food, transport and hotel and so on when I come to the US in case if nobody meet me in airport. The minimal sum I must have is $500. I will need to fill customs entry and produce the money. I must have cash money with me to be allowed to come to the US. It doesn't depend from what visa I come for. I must have customs declaration with me how much money I have and I must have this money. At least $500. They said without this I may be returned back to Russia from the airport after customs survey in the US. This decraration proves that I can support myself and will not go in to vagabondage and so on.
This is the reason why I didn't buy the ticket. I just reserved it. I have a week to confirm my ticket. Other case they will cancel it. I must have this declaration before I get my flight. So I will be able to present the customs entry in the US airport.
I don't know what to say else Dan. Can you get this sum? I will not spend a penny from this sum and I will return it to you as soon as you meet me in airport. I am afraid without money and this declaration they will dispatch me back to Russia. Dan I must have this sum before my flight, please try to get it.
I thought what things I would need to take with me and my uncle helped me. It was so funny he made the long list of things. There were a lot of unnecessary things and clothes. I said that I am not going to travel to Antarctic or some wilderness. Then I took the list and striked heaps of things off the list.
You know it is so pleasant to prepare for my travel. Dan, I thought that I would bring a lot of photos with me. I want to show you my mother and friends, my town and places where I live. Maria Ivanovna gave a present for you. I wanted to make you surprised with it but I want to tell you now. She likes to knit and she is very good in it. She made woollen socks for you. They are very soft and warm. And my uncle made a brass candlestick. It is like russian ancient thing. I am sure you will like their gifts. Smile.
Well, I am to go now. I am sorry for my short letter. And don't forget I love and miss you very much.
Your happiest woman.