Letter(s) from Kausaria Semenchenko to Mark (England)

Letter1

Hello Mark! How are you doing? I'm so glad to get your answer:) This is Anya. I did not write to you for some time because I have been busy lately. And the other reason is that I do not have computer at home so I have to go to the internet cafe. I would like to tell you about myself. First of all, I have write to you because I know and heard much about your country. I have chosen to talk with you because I know English, I have benn studying it in university and I have been studying it in school for 3 years. so I have decided to write to you Mark knowing that You will understand me without problems and between us there will be no language barrier(I hope it) :) Other reason, and probably it is the most important reason for a writing of my letter to you, it is that fact, that I now am at a stage of registration of the visa in your country. I long time worked without holiday and now I have many paid days for rest. My colleague advised me to go to travel agency and to choose there travel for relax. I have filled all necessary documents for the tourist visa and I look forward to hearing from embassy which is in Moscow. To me have told, that the answer will be ready in a one or maximum two weeks. I am glad, that I can soon see other country with interesting culture and people. I think it it would be interesting to learn you, at that time, while I wait the visa. There can be we shall interest each other and then we can meet in the person. I can be naive, but I think it very interestingly to meet somebody in other country. Whom you knew before only in letters. I wait much from this trip because I am very tired from work and loneliness.

OK, Let me tell you more about myself.I'm 30 years old, my height is 5 ' 7and my weight is about 50 kg (i dont know how it will be in pounds). I was born on the 11th of November in 1975 and I'm Scorpio. I'm white Russian girl. And I'm religious. I'm orthodox Christian so I believe in Jesus. I'm single, I have never been married and I have no kids. I'm an open-minded person, I'm very sensitive and sociable. I love to meet new people and learn something new about different countries, different nationalities and so on. I love to read. My friends and family say that I'm very communicative and kind-hearted. (If they have not told so. Probably they would be not friends for me :) LOL) What can I tell you about the city I live in? I love my city. It is very small. It is called Kozmodemyansk. it's situated about 800 kilometers from the capital of Russia Moscow. My city is very beautiful. But here it happens very coldly in the winter. I think, that in city practically there are no such strong frosts as at us and does not drop out so a lot of snow. In the winter everything is covered with snow and people have to wear warm clothing. We have a lot of fun at winter. I go skiing, skating and sliding with my friends and family. But my favourite season is summer, when the trees are green and there are a many different flowers. I often go swimming in summer. By the way my city is located on one of the most beautiful river in Russia. It is Volga river.and what is your favourite season? What is the weather like in your city right now? Also I want to say you couple words about my education. There are no colleges in my city because it is very small but there are couple of them in the Kazan. it is very big city. so I hawe been studying in one of them. And by the end of my studing I get the diploma of book keeping and Audit. Well, it's pretty long letter:) I did not think that I would be able to write somuch! Once more I was happy to get your letter and I hope to hear from you soon!!! By the way I'm attaching my photo and I hope you'll like it. Good bye!

Your Russian friend
Anya

Letter 2

Hi Mark!!! I was anxious to get your letter. I like to read your messages a lot. I like to learn more about you. You interest me a lot!!! I understand all your words about trust in the Internet. I wish to be with you completely fair, but I shall warn you now, that I too have no phone in that apartment which I rent now. I rent cheap apartment and there phone is not installed. If you wish to speak with me by phone, I can buy for this purpose IP telephone card, I do it always when I call to my friends Peter and Petra in Germany. It will be cheap and will help us to learn each other better.
I want us to be closer to each other that's why I want to tell you about very important part of my life, about my family. I have quite a big family. I have Mom, two sisters and one brother. I don't have dad , he died 6 years ago right after my little brother was born. My moms name is Irina, she works in the hospital, she is a nurse. She have chosen this career because whe wants to help people and she likes take care of people who need her help. My eldest after me sister is Tamara, she is 25 years old . She has her own family and a daughter. She is a seller in the shop. It's very hard to her and her husband to live and to bring up their child. Because my mom can't help her. My mom and I have to bring up my little sister and brother. My little sister is 10, her name is Ksenia, and she goes to school and my little brother is 6, his name is Sasha, and he is still in the kindergarten and he is going to school next year.I thank God that I have such a wonderful family!!!i love them to death. We spend a lot of time together and we never argue. I'm so proud of my family and I think that my little sister and brother are very smart kids and they will have awesome future and I'll try my best to help them! It is a lot of time, I give to my work. I work as the bookkeeper in small firm. There can be it's not top of dreams, and I can do more, but I very much love this work, I love my colleagues and we have very fair and kind boss. Anyways don't think that because of my work I don't have time for my family or friends. Some how I manage to go for a walks with my family and friends. We go skiing and skatin in winter and we usually go swimming in summer as I told you in previous letter we have very beautiful river near my city!! I told my Mom and my older sister that we write letter to each other. They are every glad for me. My mom wants me to be happy and to find a man that I will truly love and who will love me too. She is happy that I write letters to you because she knows that I'm glat to this dialogue. Of course she wishes me happiness as any mom does to her daughter. She and my sister say hi to you. Oh, excuse me, probably it is boring to you to listen about all that. I hope you did not yawn, when you read it :)

Well Mark, I do not wish to hurry event, but I have some questions to you. These questions are very important for me. I would like you told to me about that, what you are realy looking for? Tell to me how you see your happy life how you see your future woman? I have family, I have my sisters and the brother, I very much love my mum. But I wish to have my own family. I wish to have the house and the husband. This house would become for me silent harbour, coming in which I could forget about all troubles and problems. I wish to give my heat and love to my husband. May be I'm old-fashioned. But I very much wish to hear a phrase every evening: " Honey I'm home!!! " Tell to me about all this Mark. Tell to me, what you should have in a life that you could tell "I'm happy on 100 !!!!" I hope that our desires and our dreams will be similar. I for a long time wish to find second half of my soul. Soon I will have the visa and I cann manage my travel. I cannot approve, I do not wish to do hasty decisions, but I think, that if we will meet with you in the person, It will be wonderful!!! Tell to me please more about your country, about your city. If I shall visit it what interesting places for tourists there is. What can I visit? Also tell to me please the name of the international airport which are nearest to you. I have no concrete destination of my travel, therefore, if for this time, while my visa is made out, we will become closer to each other, there can be I shall arrive in this airport.

Well I have to go. But I really hope that we won't stop writing to each other!! I have so much to tell you about myself and I want to learn much more about you!!!:)
Good -bye!!!!

Yours
Anya

PS: Mark, thanks you for your interesting story about your life. I wish to answer all your questions and I think, that it will be not boring for me at all. Also I wish to note, that I like your sense of humour, it is important for me!

I congratulate you on easter. We in Russia too have this holiday, but it takes place in other day on our Christian calendar.

Letter 3

Hello my deares Mark!!! I was very glad to read your last letter! I am very raised by our dialogue. I often think of my forthcoming travel and about you. I think of it in a day long and most fo all I think of it before laying down to sleep.I very much wait this moment. Thanks you for the helpful information about London. I think, that I shall visit Manchester first. It is a pity to me, that you had such sad experience with relationships. Everyone can have such mistake in a life. It is a pity to me, that you had an intimate pain and monetary losses. I thought, that money for a credit card are insured and you cannot lose it because of other person. How your bank presumes to do to bad people it unpunishedly? Any way I do not understand anything in this question and I just can regret for it.

Thanks you for photos, I like it!!! But most of all I like your photo on a background of a building. I think, that you have very accurate appearance. To tell the truth, it is more important for me than beauty. I do not know why, probably it is genes from my mum, but for me cleanliness is very important. I never could live with the dirty shaggy biker whom the TV looks every evening, in a dirty shirt and throws empty beer banks back for an armchair. I like your accurate hairstyle.

Today I went to travel agency, I filled there some papers (about the insurance). To me have told, that my visa will be ready next week. There is a chance, that following weekend we shall spend together. Oh Mark, I am very happy. I feel myself, as the child, which opens gifts under a christmas fur-tree. Tell to me what you think of our forthcoming meeting? Do you think it's not so soon for a meeting. There can be I hurry events? I hope, that it's not so and that our meeting will be happy time together. I very much wait for this moment. But if this meeting will be not convenient for you, you can tell to me about it. I shall understand, if you have no time for this purpose or if I am not interesting to you. When I shall receive the visa, I shall buy the air ticket when I shall have the air ticket, I shall send you the information on my flight. It is very interesting to me, how our meeting at the airport will look? I very much wait it. But I during this time very much am afraid it. I cannot write adequately, ideas are confused in my head. I hope, that you will understand all that, what I wish to tell to you. I think, that you fell same mixed feelings of pleasure, happiness and fear and doubts.But I think, that all these doubts will disappear, when we will look in to each other eyes. I go on empty cold streets of our city and I think of how I shall meet you in the person. I am cold, and this cold feels not only my body, I felt this by my soul too. Emptiness and a cold. I want, that this cold empty place in my soul was filled with somebody by his heat and care. I think, that you could be this person. I speak you all this and I am afraid a little, that you will not understand me dear Mark. You probably think, that I'm naive woman. There can be it the truth, but it's that way like I feel and I wish to be frank with you.

Any way, we can understood whether we made to each other, only if we shall learn each other better. I shall tell to you more something about me. I hope it will be interesting to you read about my hobbies. I think that people who wants to know better each other should have some hobbies in common. But actually it's not bad if they don't because it's always fun to try something new! Do you agree with me Mark? My favorite hobby is dancing!!! I love to dance!!! And I dance every moment I have free time:) it might sound funny to you but it's true!!! I did Russian folk dancing and ballroom dancing when I was at school. I tool part in different dace competitions and we often took first places. I used to do ballet when I was little but I don't do it anymore:( it's kind of pity. I still do ballroom dancing though. Do you like to dance? If we meet each other some time we will dance for sure!!! Also I like to do sports a lot. I played soccer at school. Now I don't have time for it as well. But I still do skiing, skating and swimming as I told in previous letters. And I love to watch football!!! The first time I watched on tv it didn't make any sense for me. Then my friends explained me the rules and I become to love this sport. I don't have favourite team or something I just like watching people compete. Last year I got interested in aerobics. I do it from time to time. But sport and dancing are not my only interests. I love to read, to listen to the music and to watch different movies. I'm keen on reading Russian classical books like "the crime and the punishment" of Dostoevsky, and "the war and the peace" of Tolstoy. These are my best books!!! The first one tells about poor student who has no money to exist , he tries to teach kids to earn money but it's still not enough so he kills an old woman and robs her. Later he feels ashamed and goes to the police office and confesses in his crime. Also this book is about hard life of poor people in St. Petersburg. The second book is about the war of 1812, and people's relationships during this war. I like books about love in general since I like to dream about true love!!! I like to listen to different music. I like classical music, jazz, hard and soft rock. I love "the moonlight sonata" by Beethoven. My favorite Russian bands are "Chizh", "Chaif", and "Splin". Besides them I like Elton John, Aerosmith and some other groups and singers. From classical music I like Beethoven, Mozart, Shubert. I watch a lot of movies. It's getting more and more good Russian movies with years but Americans are still the best! I truly think so. For example last year I was taken by the movie about Christ with Mel Gibson playing the main role. I cried almost the whole movie! Christ suffered for all people so much , he died for us. And I don't understand how some people don't believe in him!!!it's very sad when people are not religious! In my opinion every person should have God in his or her heart!! Well, that's just my opinion may be other people think differently. There is another movie I like a lot. It's called "Forest Gump". I can speak much about this film. It probably the best film in my life. One of my hobbies is food! I like to eat delicious food. I cook myself well (I think so :)!!!! I like to cook very much!!! I often invite my friends over to my house and they usually say that everything I cook tastes very good. I like our russian traditional food too. i like to cook bliny, borsh, Russian potato salad. I like fruits most of all because they are the most healthy food, there are a lot of vitamins in them. It is a pity but they are very expensive in winter.:( Well , that's about it my preferences in music, movies and food:) By the way my mom and my friends ask a lot about you:) my mom worries about me. Moms usually worry about their kids, don't they?:)

So I better finish up. I hope you liked my e-mail:) and I want to know more about you!! I hope to hear fron you very soon.
Every your letter is like a holiday for me!!!
Bye-bye

Anya

Oh Mark, I never thought, that I can write such big letters, but now I can write it, I wish to write it and I would write more if I had more time. I am afraid alone to go on empty streets of our city. If you will be with me now then I would not be afraid of anything.

Letter 4

Hi my dear Mark!!!! Last night I called to my tourist agent, she has told, that my visa will be ready tomorrow!!! It excludes a problem of our meeting!!! I can come to you on following week!!! You should not apologize. I understand yours busylyty. I cannot blame you for what because my trip for you is unexpected. To me have told, that for me will reserve number in B&B (a bed and a breakfast) hotel in london. It is cheap, I can look London few days and than I can come on Friday evening to you!!! I am very glad, that things go so correctly for us.

Yesterday I had unusual day, I went with my mum for a supper to my aunt Natalia. We spoke about a life, about people, about me and you and about my trip to you much. Mark, you probably know how many it takes time when three women speak at supper :) My aunt was interested very much about you. She has asked me, whether I am afraid you? I have told, that you are very good, kind and gentle man, I have told, that I'm sure in you on 100 and I do not wish to hear more such questions. aunt has told, that I am right, heart cannot be mistaken and if I feel sure in my heart, then you are the Mr. Right. We spoke long and cheerfully, we laughed much and dreamt about a forthcoming life when I have come home, I had such feeling, that I already have with you a long happy life. It was wonderful!!!!

Well Mark, your questions!!! I can tell to you fairly, that to me it is very pleasant, that you ask me all it, I am glad to your interest in me. I never shall tell to you " Shut Up ", for me all your words are important! For me it is very important, that you tell to me about real you! It not superfluous, it is not boring, it is necessary!!! I thought much too that there is in our meeting a hand of destiny or the god , and there can be a destiny it is the god? Mark I do not wish to discuss with you ethymology (I know, that you do not believe in the god), but I really see something inexplicable in our meeting. I think, that in this severe and material world, sometimes it is possible to find a miracle. I very much trust that we with you have found this miracle. And if there are no miracles in this world, only a pragmatism, the law of a survival and greed then I do not wish to remain long in this world. I see the big concurrence in our meeting. My parents when were students, have met each other in far city Vladivostok (there can be you heard this name, it costs on coast of pacifik ocean). These are 7000 kilometers from the center of Russia where we with my family live now, probably the destiny threw them there, for the further happy life. If my destiny prepares for me such test too, I am ready!!!

Well your questions step by step... Russian men and Russian women? I think, that Russian women look at the West because they live in dreams, they look at poverty and a dirt, on bad conditions of a life in Russia and think, that Hollywood films it is a reality and that if to leave from Russia then you will receive american dream: big house with the green lawn, two cars, a cute shaggy dog and kind neighbours. I do not think, that the majority of men in Russia are rough or drunk every day, I think, that our country does not give worthy conditions of a life to people if men in our country which work hard would have social guarantees then women would not go in other countries for husbands. Here we see fault not of russian mans , here fault of the state. It is mine position in this question.

Oh, I have recollected your words about that that the football player should be with a short hairstyle. How do you think David Becham know it? :)

I have already issued holiday on my work. I will be with my mum collect my luggage for a trip. I shall keep you posted the information on my trip. I will go to book a ticket up to Moscow.
I shall reach Moscow by train. It will take 14 hours.

Well my deare Mark, I cannot wait when our meeting will take place!!!
I am very happy, I am glad and I wish to embrace all people around because soon I will see you!!! I hope you'll answer soon!!:) because I will not be able to wait for your answer for long!!!!

Bye bye
God bless you

Anya

PS: I hope that we will can dance with you by Metallica's "Nothing else mathers"