Letter(s) from Elena Tatyanina to Ruud (Netherlands)

Letter 1

Hi,my new friend, Ruud!

I am very glad that you have answered my letter. Thank you that you have found time for answer. I think that you have many questions about myself. I will try to answer them. I don't know what to begin with to tell you about myself. OK, I will try to begin. My name is Marina. My friends call me Meri too. In caressing form my name sounds Marisha. You can call me how it is more pleasant to you. I am 26 years old. My birthday is on the February 16, 1979. My height is 168 cm (5 feet 6 inches). My weight is 50 kg (112 Poubds). Probably you will be very much afflicted when you find out that I live not in your country. But I very much hope that it does not frighten you, because I the same lady like many other ladies living in the different countries. I the same person with heart and soul. I live in the city of Nizhniy Novgorod. Nizhniy Novgorod is located in 350 kilometers from the city of Moscow, Russia. Nizhniy Novgorod the big and known city. I began to get education in the secondary comprehensive school. After I finished it I entered the medical college. I finished it with excellent results and entered Medical University. At present I work in a small Dental clinic. I work as a dentist. We have a little collective, but very friendly. Ruud, I shall have an opportunity to send you letters only from Monday till Friday, because I haven't got a computer at home. I use a computer at my work. On work I can use a computer almost freely. So it is more convenient for me to write you from my work. Though it too depends not from me. With a computer works another employee. I have not bad relations with her, but she can give me a computer only when she has a free time. For this reason I hope that you understand me. My new friend, answer my questions, if you can: 1. Do you like your job?

2. What is your favourite film?

3. What kind of music do you like?

4. Have you ever had a friend from the other country?(the friend on correspondence). I thank you for your answers beforehand. My new friend, you may not answer these questions if you don't want. In my next letter I shall necessarily answer other your questions. I will tell to you what music and what cinema I like.

I send you my picture. I hope to you it is pleasant.

I will waiting for your letter with impatience.


Letter 2

Hi my friend Ruud!

How your day? I hope you are glad to receive my letter because when I have received your letter I really was delighted. Many thanks.

At once I want to tell to you about my opportunities to write letters to you. I hadn't time to tell about it in my last letter. I write to you letters on my job because I have no a personal computer. The computer is in an accounting department. Lady who works with a computer will sometimes allow me to use a computer in my interests, but only when this lady has a free time. It depends not on me unfortunately. I work five days in a week - from Monday till Friday. It is the standard established in Russia. On this I shall not be capable to write to you and to receive your letters on Saturday and on Sunday. But sometimes I work on Saturday and even on Sunday. It is called - maintenance standby. In our polyclinic always works a doctor on duty who works on Saturday and on Sunday because the toothache hasn't schedules (smile.) Sometimes I work as the doctor on duty. On this maybe I will can write to you letters even on Saturday or on Sunday. Maybe. Do you want to know how I will write to you my letters? I write to you letters during all my working day by small parts - in those short time intervals when the computer will not be occupied. And something else. Me have warned that our computer has dependent system of sending of mail. My letters will be sent only after service mail which is sent two times in day - at midday and after finish of the working day. Probable, my letter will be sent automatically after finish of the working day. Working day in our polyclinic comes to an end at 22.00, but my working day comes to an end at 17.00. I work in children's branch. If you want, I can tell to you about my work. Only tell.

Oh! I promised you to tell what music I like. Now I have some free minutes and with pleasure will spend this time to tell to you about my interests. I like various music. All depends on mood. I like to listen classical music. I like Dunaevski And Chajkovsky. I like to listen simply instrumental music. Such music allows to relax and have a rest. Under such music I like to think. I like to listen to guitar masterpieces of Joe Satriani. I very much like group Dire Straits. I like Pink Floyd. They are not similar to anybody. It is great group. I like Madonna, Robbie Williams and George Michael and many others. In America many great musicians. I like many Russian musicians. For example Philip Kirkorov, Valeria or groups: Chaif, Splin. But you likely do not know them. I very much like cinema. In Russia create few good films. I like works of such directors as Tarkovsky, Konchalovsky, Mikhalkov. My favourite movies- Siberian Barber and Tired by the Sun. It's masterpieces of the Russian cinema. The American movies in Russia use huge popularity. The American movies is considered the greatest. I very much like the American movies and I like many American actors. For example: Gladiator, Brave Heart. Mel Gibson - good actor. I like films - The Sixth Sense, the Rainman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Gone with the Wind, Magnificent Seven, the Godfather, Groundhog day, The Scent of a Woman. My favourite actors- Bruce Willis, Al Pacino, Kevin Costner, Samuel L. Jackson, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey.

My hobby, if it's possible to tell so - the English language. I have loved English long ago, when I studied at school. In Russia the program of training necessarily includes foreign language, as a rule - English, German or French. I have entered in group of the English language and I am happy that I made it. I very much like your language. After school, I continued studying of English language at the university. I like this language. It is a very soft and easily-memorized language. I learn the English language easily. At present I attend courses of the English language. I study your language within 18 years. I want to know this language perfectly. I know that now I admit mistakes, but I hope you won't angry.

What else to tell about me? I never was married and I haven't children. I am lonely and the reason of my loneliness not only in me. However, I do not know if it interestingly for you. I live honestly, and it brings pleasure to me. I am optimist and I like to smile, because a smile - mirror of soul. For happiness is not required many things. Likely the main thing that does not suffice me now is love. People without love cannot be happy. But when near there is a close person whom you love, life becomes fine irrespective of where you live and what you have. But the loneliness fills a life with sadness. But I do not want to speak about sadness anymore. I am glad that I have an opportunity to write to you and I am glad that you write to me. And at present it really causes a smile on my face. I should finish my letter.

You have the big family Ruud? If you do not want, you may do not answer my question.

I hope to receive your letter soon. Sincerely and with the best regards. Marina.

Letter 3

Hello my dear Ruud!!!

I do not know, that I do, but I went to bank to ask the credit for the sum of $1500 USD. Today to me anything good have not told, but have asked to come on Monday. I shall go and probably I shall receive this money and I shall arrive to you. But I very much doubt, that I do a correct step. I can not forget the girl by name Íàòàøà. You do not know who it??? Speak greetings to your daughters from me. Probably we soon shall meet them. What they speak about me? What at opinion on me? They want to meet me?

Still I want you to thank for desire to help me. Though it not that asked, but nevertheless. Thank. Probably it is not required to me. Ruud, I really very much want to be with you, but I am afraid. I am afraid, that I shall spend all money and you will not be that for whom I search. I am afraid, that at us to fail that love, to to òîðîé I aspire all these to year. I search for respect, fidelity, honesty, trust and it is a lot of love. I am not sure, that you this person. You can prove to me, that I do a true step and I am not mistaken, as it was last time. Understand me correctly, at you the business, you earn huge money. For you this trip, travel is simple. I only the dentist from Russia. My salary is equal week to money which you give the to daughters that they could spend it for themselves. I saved this of $1000, almost whole year. I saved this money to go to have a rest on the sea or in mountains. I wanted to travel. And suddenly I meet you, you to me speak, that I should arrive to you. I should spend $2500 USD if to translate this money in the Russian roubles this sum is equal more than 70000 roubles. I can earn this money during 2 years provided that I shall not spend. I shall give you the information which you ask, but I all the same to a trouble to use travel agency. I do not know from what to me it is necessary to begin to do to myself all necessary documents, therefore I do not want to break the head. I pay in agency also shall receive at once all documents. And still, at me to you the request. You wrote, that can to me to send $500 USD. If you have not decided not, send me money that I could spend them for contingencies and for a taxi or food when I shall be in road either at station or in the plane.

The data which you ask:

1. Penkina Marina Nikolaevna.

2. April, 16, 1979.

3. Russian Federation, 603000, Nizhniy Novgorod, 76 Stroitelei str., apart. #28. 4. City Nizhniy Novgorod.

It is all. Write to me tomorrow, probably I shall come for work to write to you. See you soon, your Marina.