Letter(s) from Elena Volkova to Loren (USA)

Letter 1

Loren! I'm so happy to receive your answer! It was good to meet you on "match" site! You made my day! I've never tried to find someone in Internet but soon I will come to your country to work there, so I will have a work visa and a permission to work. My friend worked in the USA somewhere near Fort Lauderdale two years ago. She worked in amusement park from 11 am till 6 pm and from 7 pm till 3 am she worked in a bar. Of course she was always tired but she made very good money! I think I can do it too! Now she is in Europe, working for 3 months. She wrote me she liked to work in the USA better! I want to find a man who can tell me about the life over there and maybe of course something more then just a friend!!! I don't have a boyfriend so I'm free for new adventures!!!
I'm in Russia now, but soon I will leave Russia to make my trip so you can
forget about our distance.
I've never been abroad, only in the South of Russia, the Black Sea, Sochi. I like warm climate ))
According to my visa I can work in your country for 3 months, I can prolong it to 6 months if I want. After 6 months staying over there I can go home or try to get a green card.
I think my level of English is quite good, but although it's very simple. I can't read philosophy books in English or business books))) Anyway I want to improve my English while staying over there. I write and speak English by myself. My spoken English is good too. We have Discovery channel here in English (my friend has cable TV, so I come to watch it!). I like this channel so much! Very interesting! I'm sending four pics for you. One is me with my dog Lima. I like animals!! Another one is me last winter, the next one is me on the table at my friend Katia who had discovery channel, I wrote you! And the next one me near the river, it's not far from my city. I live in small town here in Russia, and I decided to find someone by Internet not to be alone when I make my trip. The life is different in every country and I think it's hard to live there when you don't know anybody.
I can do some simple job as a waitress, or to work in some shop. And later when I improve my English I want to find a better job!
I will start my trip from Moscow, I will go there to pass English tests and have an interview. I think everything will be OK!
Working program helps me to get the visa, permission for work and all travel documents and they will help me to get job. It's a special program for young people who is not lazy and make some money.
Also they can settle me with another girls from Russia and Brazil who came to work there too, it's very cheap.
Here I can earn only about 100-150$ a month to work from mornig till evening (my city is really small).
I think I can change my life and see many wonderful things and just different life. I am full of plans and different dreams.
I am sure you will be not disappointed to meet me in the real life!!!
I don't have a special plan or something like that for a new relationship, I'm open to everything! I don't want to be an abuse for you, if you will not want me as your woman, we can be just friends!
But I hope you like me and my photos!
I had a boyfriend, but it was nothing serious and we broke up one year ago because he moved to Vladivostok.
OK, I will finish this email... I don't know what else I could write you in my first email. Your questions are welcomed! Please answer me even if you don't like me, because you are the only man I am responding to. If you don't like me I will continue my search. I hope so much to receive your answer!!!
I hope we can have a nice communication by emails so I will know somebody is waiting for me over there and I will come there maybe in 2-3 weeks or so! Not so long time to wait for me, really?
I hope you are my soulmate and we match each other!
Now I write you from my personal address please reply here.
Next time I can answer your questions if you have some and tell you about my family, send you many pics of my family, also more of my photos!!!
Tell me about yourself and the place where you live!

Sincerely,
Ksenya.

Letter 2

just want to send you two more pics. One of them was taken recently on the wedding of my good friend. I hope I will find a good man and marry marry too someday. I don't have free time now, I will write you a longer email about everything later today.

bye!!!!!!!!!

Letter 3

Loren, hello! Thank's for your reply so much!!! I hope soon I will be able to come to your area and we will meet each other!
This time I will write you more about myself. I think you should know more about my life and my hobbies so you will know if we have any common interests.
YEs I'm an outdoor girl!
So you already know my full name. I'm 26 years old, not that young I think? My birthday is September 23. I'm 168 cm tall (5.6.) and 51 kg weight (about 120 pounds, I'm not sure how much it is in pound but I'm not fat!). I don't know exactly my bust-waist-hips measurements, I don't have a reason to measure it because I think it's OK and my body is proportionate )) I take care of my body, I do aerobics three times a week and two times a week I go to the swimming pool twice a week.
I have a younger sister. She is 17 years old now. We live alltogether with our parents in 2 room apartment.
As I wrote you I live in Russia. The name of my city is Cheremkhovo, it's near Irkutsk city. Cheremkhovo is very small and Irkutsk is a large city, the main city in our district. Have you ever heard about the lake Baykal? It's near Irkutsk! It's the deepest and cleanest lake in the whole world. It's very beautiful!
I graduated from Irkutsk Humanitarian University two years ago, contemporary dance faculty. Yes we have such faculty in Humanitarian University! So I'm a professional dancer. I don't want to have a dancer's career because I will have not much time for my private life and for relationship with a man. I work as a dance teacher, I teach children from 12 to 17 years how to dance! Also I have a certificate of aerobics instructor, this is my another hobby. So it would be perfect if later I will find a work as instructor or teacher of dances!!! I think it's a very good job for a woman, I'm always in a good shape and I keep myself not that busy!
I'm sending few photos for you today! I hope you are not tired to look at my photos? The first one is me in bathing suit at the Black sea. The next one is me
with my sister. Her name is Oksana, she finished school this year and entered the University. I'm happy my parents will be not alone when I leave the for another country. Of course I will miss everybody but I want to have my own happiness!
Ok, the next pic is me in the mountains, you know we have many mountains in Russia and my father is an alpinist (but now he is retired already), so my sister and me love to go to the mountains with my father!!!!
The next pic is my father, my sister and me. It was taken few years ago, you see I look younger there and my sister too ))) Both of us color our hair to blond. I hope that's not a problem for you or you like natural color of hair? My father is 56 years old now, my mom is 44 (the next pic is me with my mom at Irkutst theatre). You see my mom is much younger then my father and they are very happy together. My mother is a teacher of music in the school. That's why I have another hobby - music! You can see me on the last pic near the piano. I finished music school and I still play piano almost every day. So this is another way to have a work - I can be music teacher.
I like classic music, jazz, rock, lounge. I like music at all!
Do you have an International Airport in your city? Please write me it's name an code. Or write me the name of the nearest Airport to you.
I write you my emails from Internet cafe, I don't have my own computer.
If you want I can call you when I'm in Moscow, it would be nice to talk to you. We don't have international calls here. I suppose in few days I will leave for Moscow and start my trip! Today I will tell my parents about you, I'm sure they will be happy that someone is waiting for me over there!
There is no any messenger in this Cafe so we can only keep emailing each other. I hope you are not getting bored to read my emails?
My address here is Russia, Cheremkhovo, Malisheva 18 street, flat 9.
So now you have a representation of who I am....
I just can tell you that I enjoy life and I try to live to the fullest, I like to try new things. I'm not that smart.. I was not that good in mathematics, physics, biology and so on! I don't like to be smart! But I'm very tender, caring, artistic, faithful, decent person.
Sometimes I can be not well organized, I think everybody had it's own minuses and pluses.
I don't look any special qualities in a man. I just hope he will be faithful to me and ready to create a happy family with me and I will do everything to make him happy. I'm looking for a soulmate!

OK... it's time to finish my email. I'm sending a kiss by the wind to you and if I sent it to the right destination you should receive it by evening )))) I hope you will catch my kiss somehow )))

bye!
Ksenya

Letter 4

I just want to add few things... I think last time I wrote you not all my thoughts... My mind is always in a mess when I write you because it's hard to write everything to somebody who is so far away. I don't remember if I wrote last time I've never been married, don't have kids but I love them and they love me! I wrote you I teach children how to dance and I know how to understand their wishes and worries. I don't smoke, drink occasionally.
And I want to tell you that I always wanted to find an older man. I never had a though I can create a serious relationship with the man of my age. Why? I have two answers..
Firstly, I think older men are much more serious and they can take care of me, they are more experienced in life and can teach me many things. Have you heard a saying "The older the violin, the sweeter the music"? I believe in it... I think I'm not that young already but I don't have much experience in life and I want to have someone who has more experience in life then me.
Secondly... maybe I'm not right about it... but I want to be honest I've always had such worry... if I marry a man nearly my age...
and after some years I will become not that young and beautiful... I think it's more hard for a woman to be attractive then for a man...
and he will find a younger mistress and I will become very miserable.
I don't want my man to be unfaithful. I know I can be faithful to my man and I will never cheat on him.
And sorry my profile was not accurate. Honestly I thought it will be just like a joke to post my profile, I just wanted to try if my English is well enough to talk to someone from another country and I wanted to know if I can communicate with foreign people. But now it's not just I want to try my skills... I became attracted to you and I really want to meet you. If you will not like me or something else we can be just friends.
I hope I will get my work visa soon in Moscow and all documents and come to you! I don't have any area limits with this visa so I can work where I want.
And one more thing.. i'm sending few pics of my city from different seasons so you can see where I live. The pic where you see the building with Russian flag is a place where I work as a teacher of dances.
I'm just trying to be honest with you and write you all my thoughts on different issues. Please be always honest with me also....
I will write you later, I will look if I have more nice photos to send you.
Have a good day!

Letter 5

Loren! It's good to write you again! I think I'm a lucky girl to meet such good mas as you in Internet! I hope I will be lucky enough to meet you in the real life!!!!!!!!
Yesterday I told my parents about you. They said now they worry about me not that much as before because they know you are a kind man and can help me if I need your help. You can show me your city and tell me about the life over there!
I'm sending five pics for you. Three of them is me on the Black Sea, Sochi. One photos is me with my cat Dolly. Besides dog Lima I have a cat! They are friends and they like each other =)) And I like them! My father loves the god better then the cat and my mom loves the cat more then the dog)) And I love both!
I think I didn't write you I like to cook. I will cook Russian cuisine for you! Pelmeni, vareniki, blini, borsch, okroshka! You will like it! Besides Russian cuisine I like Italian and Mexican. I love spaghetti and pizzza!!!!! mmmmmmm ! I can't like without it! I like Mexican food because it's very spicy, although I don't cook Mexican dishes too often. I've been told my cooking is very tasty!
I like to cook cakes. My favorite is cheese-cake with raspberry! You know... when I talk about food I'm getting hungry ))) I eat everything and I'm not on any diets but usually I don't eat after 7 pm. This helps me not to be fat!
I can cook many tasty things for you when we meet! You know.. almost all Russian men are like bears! They are so rude, they can't be nice and polite, they don't want to have a family. I think you are not like them.
I like to go to the cinema! I really like to watch a good movie with my friends. 50 of movies in our cinemas are Russian and about 50 American. Yesterday I've seen a great historical movie!!! It is called "Nomad". I really liked it so much! It was produced by Khazakhfilm (Khazakhstan is situated near Russia) and there you can see some good American actors! One of directors of this movie is a well known Russian director Sergey Bodrov. If you didn't see this movie find it and watch! I advice it to you!
Actually my favorite actor is Johnny Depp and I like all movies with him. I've watched Pirates of the Carribean (part 2) 10 days ago! I think the second part is not as good as the first part. Have you seen it?
Could you recommend me any American movie so I can watch it?
What is your favorite movie and actor?
I've heard in my city in two months will be a premier of "Perfume" (by a novel of Patrick Zuskind). I've read this novel and I like it so much! Breathtaking! I can't wait to watch this movie! But I will be not in Russia already.. so maybe I can watch it in English in your country!
Soooooooooooooooo......... what else could I say?
I have a driver's licence but I don't have a car. My father has a Russian car and he gives me his car sometimes.
I like not only the cinema! I like theatre and opera too, I like ballet.
Unfortunately there is only one small theatre in my city and there is nothing interesting. If I want to go to ballet, for example, I should go to Irkutsk, there sometimes can come famous Russian actors and dancers but I can't go there often because it's quite expensive.
And now I have some good news for you! After sending this email I will go home, take my packed bags and go to Irkutsk! From there I will fly to Moscow! I was
on a plane only two times in my life and I'm afraid to fly! I hope my plane will not fall down! I'm really afraid! So it is several hours from Irkutsk to Moscow and I will come to Moscow late night. I don't think I will live in hotel there, it's very expensive. You know, by statistics Moscow is the more expensive city in the world after Tokyo.
I will rent a room in apartment, it will be cheap. Of course it will be very modest but it's OK for me!
When I come to Moscow and settle down I will write you an email. I hope tomorrow I will be able to write me. Please don't worry about me if you don't hear from me tomorrow, that will mean I was not able to find a place to stay and I will write you after tomorrow. Anyway, I hope I will write you tomorrow!!!
In Moscow I will spend a week or maybe even more, I should make all final arrangements with my documents and after it I will come to you!
I've never been to Moscow before and I'm so nervous now... I've never went somewhere alone and now I should go alone to such big city!
You know... I had such great desire to start my trip already.. and now I feel myself like a newborn kitten who has even didn't open it's eyes... I just want to hug my mommy and don't want to go anywhere...
but I know that's my dream to start a new life and I will try to turn in to reality! Soon you will hear some news from me from Moscow!!!!!!!!

Love and kisses!
I hope I'm the one for you!

From both nervous and excited,
Ksenya

Letter 6

HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
I'm so excited to write you again!!!!!!!!!! I'm in Moscow! You can't imagine how happy I am that I already started my trip to you! I still cannot believe I've done it! WoW! As I wrote you I was scared to fly on the plane but everything was OK and I'm still alive )))) Moscow is a really big city! I've been told the population of Moscow is about 10 million of people! From the Airport I went by bus... it was so long way... about 1 hour and 30 minutes. I've seen so many nice places in Moscow while going by bus!
When I got off the plane in the Moscow Airport policeman asked me about passport and he looked at me like I am an enemy )))
I think all people here (and everywhere) are a little crazy because of terrorism.
Everything here is very expensive, not like in my city... and everywhere are big crowds of people! Everywhere is so many people! I'm still uncomfortable about it but I feel soon it will be OK. I've been to few shops here today and I see goods are much more expensive here then in my native city.
I found a place to stay, I rent a room from an old woman. She is about 70 years old. She said her husband died 2 years ago and she has two grown up children but they are already married and don't come to visit her very often so she is alone and she has not much money so she give in rent rooms in her apartment. She is very nice woman ))
She said I have to be very careful. You know... she said many girls from small cities come to big cities... or even abroad... they are looking for a better future and fortune but because they are from small cities they didn't imagine their way to find the happiness can be not as easy as they thought... and some of them can end up as prostitutes or something like that. She said I should be careful when I meet you!! But I don't worry about you! I feel with all my heart you are really nice man! And I think I'm enough educated not to end up as a prostitute and I will find my happiness!
Sorry I wrote you about my worries.. I have nobody to write about it.
My parents and my sister are worried enough about me and I don't want to make them worry more. I think that's really good I've met you! I can write you about everything.
I miss my parents... but I'm getting better with every hour ))
I made few pics for you here, so I will send it to you next time. Now I'm very hungry and I will go and eat something.
Please confirm the name of airport and be sure you wrote it right.
Please confirm me your full name and telephone number.
Please don't be mad! I just want to be sure I have your contacts! This way I will feel more confident.
I am afraid to make any mistake... I hope everything will be fine.
I've been told I may have all further information about my trip today or tomorrow.
As soon as I learn it I will write you an email!!!

Letter 7

Hello from Moscow again!!!! While staying in Moscow and I feel very exited!!
I can`t wait when we meet!!! I feel that we can spend a great time together!
In Moscow it's the weather is not so good but still OK. I feel myself so lonely here...
Everyone rush somewhere and I don`t have any friends in relatives here.
You know in small cities (like in my city) life is so slowly, nobody hurry somewhere and here everybody is in a hurry.
Today I was in Russian art Gallery, I really liked it. In past I saw this paintings just in books on pictures and now I`m able to see in real life. I`m so
exited! I like arts so much!
I feel myself like I`m able to do everything in the world!!!
You know Madonna came recently to Moscow with concert! I've heard it was perfect!!!! Anyway if I had a choice I would choose one our meeting then ten concerts of Madonna!
Yesterday I asked that old woman to take some photos of me here in Moscow so you can know how I look like right now and you will be able to recognize me without any problems when we meet.
Sorry I'm sad on my photos, actually I don't like to be photographed at all, I don't like myself on my photos. And I don't like when somebody I don't know well (like this old woman) takes my photos... I don't know how to pose... Anyway I've done this pics for you and I hope you will be satisfied with them ))
This photos were taken in Gorky Park in Moscow. Do you know the band Scorpions? and their song Wind of Change?
Walking down the street
Distant memories
Are buried in the past forever.
I folow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change.
Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams...
With you and me.
Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
in the wind of change....

Scorpions is one of favorite bands of my father! That's why I know the words (unfortunately I don't know all words). I'm not great fan of Scorpions but I like this song very much!!!!
Do you want any souvenir from russia? Pls just tell me!!!! Now I will go to the travel agency again and they will give me a schedule of my flight (date and time of my arrival, terminal etc.).
They asked me to make a copy of my passport (usual procedure) and I decided to send you a copy also, if you will need it.
Ok, honey, today as soon as I receive all info about my flight I will send you an e-mail, ok? kiss you many times,
yours,
Ksenya

Letter 8

Loren! Hello again! You can imagine how happy I'm am that I already started my trip and I want to continue it. I already feel that I became closer to you )) I'm really excited about it!
Moscow still makes me both tired and excited. Anyway I'm really happy I've started everything.
When I think about you it helps me to be more strong and tolerant, I see everything is not that easy but I hope the moment of our meeting is waiting for us.
I have some news about my trip to you, please be very attentive to read my news.
The nearest possible flight is Friday, September 22.
I really hope to be on that plane.

Today I was given the flight information. Here it is:

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Information for Ksenya Charcazianova.

"Travel&Businees", Stipanowa Olga. 3690768 Moscow,Pushkina street
28,office 31. (7 ) (095 ) 485-345-9 (7 ) (095 ) 485-384-2

Flights: Moscow, Russian Federation - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA Friday, September 22, 2006
Flights All airports (MOW), Moscow, Russian Federation to Rapid City Regional (RAP), Rapid City,
South Dakota, USA
LEGEND: 1st=First, Biz=Business, Eco=Economy, N/A=Class does not exist, No=All seats full,
OP=Flight operated by another carrier, R=On Request TR=Traffic Restrictions apply to this flight
Flight Departing Arriving Stops / Aircraft Duration Seats available
1st Biz Eco
Transaero Airlines
UN 333
Domodedovo (DME), Moscow, Russian Federation 10:10
Gatwick (LGW), London, United Kingdom
Terminal S 11:15
Non-stop / 734 17h35min N/A Yes Yes
Northwest Airlines
NW 043
Gatwick (LGW), London, United Kingdom
Terminal S 12:10
St Paul Int'l (MSP), Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Terminal L 15:05
Non-stop / D10 N/A Yes Yes
Northwest Airlines
NW 689
St Paul Int'l (MSP), Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Terminal L 17:05
Rapid City Regional (RAP), Rapid City, South Dakota, USA 17:45

Please use our service.
Best regards. Manager|Stipanowa Olga.

Price: USD 1250.00+ Roundtrip tickets.Eco.class.
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It would be great if you can meet me in the Airport and wait for me there. I will be very thankful to you if you can do it. If something happens and we will not be able to find each other I can call your phone number or you can make a paper with my name and hold it! If you will be late because of your work or something else I can wait for you at the Airport... I will be tired after such big flight (I will be on the plane many hours! I'm not sure how much, I will find out) and have some rest.
So I booked tickets and I can pass my interview only when I pay for my tickets, I didn't know about it. I can receive my visa after I pay my tickets so they want to be sure I have roundtrip tickets so I'm not going to stay illegally over there. I think there rules are too strict...
I have some money but my flight from Irkutsk to Moscow costed so much (about 550$) because it's so far from Moscow. Of course it is my fault because parents told me that I have to travel by train but I wanted to do everything faster so I took a plane...
Anyway now it's too late to sorry.
Another bad thing yet that prices of service of aerflot (tickets) became more expensive because of high gasoline price.
I didn't guess that everything costs so much and they didn't say anything. They say they arranged my trip, visa and all necessary documents and money is only my business.
I have to buy tickets till my interview because of such rule. Maybe you could borrow me some money?
I can't live here too long because every day I have to spend some money for food and rent of room.
Really expensive city. The cup of the tea costs about almost two dollars.
I think it is not too great amount I ask and I am sure I will be able to return it back in a few weeks after I arrive. I will earn some money and from the first salary I return it back to you.
in Agency they have told me that you may send it by Western Union. It is pretty easy to use they said. I have been to the bank and they gave me the information.
All you need is my name, my surname and address to send me the money. Once you do this, I'll be able to pick up the money at any local Western Union office in Moscow. We need to do it pretty fast, because we have no time till my interview, if everything is all right I will be on this plane!
You will send me a transfer info and MTCN ( money transfer control number) I will get cash.
Kiss you many times, I am tired today,you know it is hard enough to be in a city where you don't have any friends or relatives. So many different emotions.
Kiss you many times! see you soon!

Ah, silly me. Almost forgot to give you my full name and my address.

My address here (where I rent a room)
Country : Russia,
City : Moscow,
Address : Chehova 82-41
post code : 117303
Full name Ksenya Charcazianova

I have about 300 US dollars. Please try to send about 960 US dollars so I will be sure I have enough money for all my travel needs and flight. I know you will try to help me!
I can't wait to hug you when we meet! If you can't meet me at the Airport we can meet somewhere in the city, but I don't know how much the taxi cost over there. I'm glad I have a job lined up and when we meet each other maybe you will even want to have closer relationship with me and maybe we can even live together someday! If you want! It's just my dreams...

see you soon!!!please don't leave me here alone,PLEASE!!!!!!

Letter 9

I want to tell you I'm not a little dumb girl not to understand you don't trust me and don't have so much available money.
Maybe I'm not as smart as you but I find myself attractive and I will reach my goal! I may find a good job even in Moscow! It's a pity men here are not better then in my city.
I was hoping you would be my birthday present! The best present I've ever had...
Sorry I expressed everything I feel now! but I don't have another way or I will explode like a bomb!
I know everything is my fault! I was not prepared well for me trip So what! Let's kill myself! No! I want to live! and love!
You have captivated my poor heart and I just don't know how you've done it. but I will be stronger then my feelings to you and try to forget about you and my dream of coming to you.
I'm still desperately want to see you!
I'm sending you a picture which was drawn by my good friend Elena, she is a professional painter. Do you like it??
Also I'm sending a sexy photo of me
From now we can be just pen pals....