Letter(s) from Ihar Pozniak to Todd (USA)

Letter 1

Hi, Todd!
Sweetheart, how are you doing? How's your mood? How is it going? Thanks for your letters. I will write briefly, because I still have work to do and I have to leave earlier to catch the train.
But one after another. I've got your transfer. Thank you, Todd , you are making so much for our meeting. It would be really easy, unless… I came to bank in Novomoskovsk. They told me, that they have this transfer, but they cannot pay it because they don't have enough cash. They advised me to go to Dnepropetrovsk (this is 15km from our town), to one of the Dnepropetrovsk branches of this bank and to get transfer there. That's what I've done. And there were no any problems there. :-) though, I was a little bit late to work. :-(
Tonight I'm leaving to Lvov. Tomorrow evening I'll be there. Thursday morning I'll go to the travel agency to Natalia and buy tickets. I will stay at my parents' till Thursday evening. And in the evening will go to Kiev, to Dmitri. On Friday morning I'll be in Kiev, dealing with visa issues. On Friday evening I'll go to Dnepropetrovsk and on Saturday morning I'll be at home. And on Sunday I'll be at work. And, of course, I will write to you, my dear Todd! :-)
Today I went to our accounting department to get my salary a few days in advance. Generally, salary day is 5th of each month. But I asked them to pay my salary today, because I need this money for the trip. And what do you think, Todd? I went to them several times, and in the end they refused me. I had to borrow the necessary sum from my colleagues. But that's ok. I will come back, get my salary and return the debts. The main thing, Todd, that we'll be together very soon. It really means a lot for me. And you are take all my thoughts and all my heart. I im gained our first meeting. It was beautiful. I'll try to describe it in English on the journey. If I will succed, I'll send my thoughts about it to you on Sunday. :-)
I'll be finishing now. Excuse me, Todd, that I wrote so little to you. I hope, honey, you'll understand me. I say goodbye to you till Sunday. Take care, Todd, and wish me to have a good trip.
Always yours, Ihar.
P.S. If you will have chance, please, tell Cheri that she is very nice woman.

Letter 2

Hello, Todd!
Thank you for your letters and e-cards. Now I know who's my Valentine.:-) Now I'm sitting and looking at your photos (by the way thank you for sending them) and as usual I'm thinking of you. Of us. Of that how our relations will turn out. You know how it happens. People start living together; somebody tries to change the other in his own way. It usually ends sadly. A person just doesn't want to get home after work. He goes to his friends' or somewhere else. That's the way couples break up. I have an acquaintance, not very close. She'd been insisting for a long time on her husband shaving his hair. She likes bald men. He shaved it for her, but felt himself very uncomfortable. The question is what did she need it for? The only answer comes. Her egoism. That's why I want us to be natural with each other, then we'll be 100% comfortable together. All the more we aren't 18 years old. Each one has habits, Todd. The existing way of life. I don't know exactly how about you but I, wanting a family, sometimes catch myself at the thought - won't I lose more than get? I think everyone has such fears. If being frank, I'm sure you had and you are still having such ideas. Todd, am I right?
But with all this going on I seriously want to try to create relations with you. I'm sure there's nothing better than the relations of two people who respect each other and can listen to. They'll be happy for sure because of that they are one whole. But at the same time they are absolutely free in their opinions. I think we could chat with each other for hours. In long evenings talking with a glass of red dry wine. But the way, Todd, what do you think about this drink? I'll open one thing to you.:-) You attracted me because you've never pressed on me in your letters. Yes, it's really true. Todd, I can easily give you my opinion on one or another question. You don't thrust any topics on me. You don't ask stupid questions and don't demand answers to them. Your country lost a good diplomat.:-) I'm smiling here but I really think so. We talk about various topics. And this talk is light pleasant and spontaneous. Thank you for all this, Todd. That's my little confession. I probably should keep silence about it. But it's too late.:-) I've already said it.
OK, that's all philosophy about family relations. Everything will be OK with you and me, Todd. I'm sure in it. Only just because we both want it. Isn't it so? And if it's so, everything will be OK. Our relations are just doomed for success.:-) With our help, of course.
And some more. On the wall of your high school there's the inscription "Home of the Tigers". Who are those Tigers? Is it some kind of a team or something else? Write, please.
I'm ready for the trip to Kiev. To my pity I didn't manage to buy the tickets for the train that departs late in the evening. And I'm leaving in a few hours. I agreed with my colleague. She'll change me till the end of my working day. Tomorrow morning I'll drop to a bank in Kiev, get the transfer and buy that damned travel check. I think everything will be OK. Todd, keep your fingers crossed for me, please. And on Wednesday I'll write in details how everything passed.
I'll finish here. I have to do some things before I leave. Take care of you, my dear. Your Ihar.

Letter 3

Hello, my dear Todd!
Thank you for your letter. It was such a pleasure to get it. Were you able to open the cartoon? If there are any problems I can send all the three file once again. It's a self-extract archive. I'd like you to watch it. It's very nice. :-)
I have no doubts - you won't hurt me. And my parents are calm in this question. But their being worried for some moments can be understood. They are parents. I think your mother would be worried too. Is it so, Todd?
It sounds interesting. The kittens make a mess and my Todd cleans everything.:-) I can imagine how cleaning is not characteristic to men. You really were a good busy boy. :-) I imagined my father cleaning the house and washing. You know it was bad. I.e. I couldn't picture it to myself.:-)
It's great, Todd, that you've taken photos for me. It will be pleasant to see them. I found in my computer some more of my photos. I'm sending them to you. Maybe, Todd, you'll be pleased to see them. Anyway I hope so.:-)
Yes, I'll have to go to Kiev to the embassy of the USA once more. I'll call Dmitry on Friday and he'll tell me when exactly I'll have to be there. The exact date and time. Thank you for your offering money, but I won't need them. All the more for the round trip to Kiev $50 I have will be enough.
I have no predilections for food. I eat almost everything. I know nothing about Mexican food though I've heard a lot about it. I hope I'll like it. So there won't be any problems with feeding me.:-) And on the whole I'm a sweet tooth. :-) I like chocolate, ice cream, sweets and so on VERY MUCH. :-) But for the sake of being fit I limit myself in such food. :-(
Todd, I think everyone likes cinema. Some people like one sort of films, others - different. I like the very process of going to the cinema. Big screen, high-quality sound. Darkness. A chance to flirt a little. :-) What do you think about such a prospective? :-)
When I went to see my parents, on my way there I translated into English my fantasies about our first meeting. That's what I wrote. The plane takes off the ground, taking me to the most important journey in my life, towards you, my darling. Pink clouds are floating beneath us and from time to time we plunge into this soft airy cotton wool, lighted with the sun rays. I sink into a sweet sleep, the sleep of wait. I wake up from a sudden push - the plane has landed and now only some hundred of steps separate you and me. My heart trembles with joy and sings at the doorstep of happiness. As if in fog, I pass the customs, make some more steps down the corridor and stop in hesitation. The breath of air-conditioners entangles my hair, plays with my white dress, I'm looking for you, Todd, in the crowd of unfamiliar faces, and having failed, my heart ceases beating for a second in a not liable to control fear. Where are you, my darling? My eyes again start looking for you and suddenly meet your searching excited look. We notice each other at the same instant and, having gone still for a split second, rush towards each other. I am then embraced by you, and your lips touch my cheek, my eyes and in perfect bliss I smell your cologne, the pink clouds float before my eyes again, our hearts beat in unison, there's not enough breath for words.
Todd, you take the suit case out of my hands, give me a beautiful bouquet of roses, and hand in hand we walk towards the airport's bar table. We are desperate for those minutes of eloquent silence and a sip of hot coffee. At the table we finally find ourselves able to speak again, and trying to obtain hold of the excitement, exchange our first words, the conversation is going smoothly and leisurely. I stretch my hand for the cup of coffee and suddenly your palm gently covers my little hand, words go still on our lips and we plunge into the abyss of each other's eyes. It's the bartender's voice that makes us come out of the blissful stillness. You order some more chocolates and ice cream. We're leisurely eating the sweets, drinking slowly cooling coffee and enjoying the conversation. Afterwards, Todd, we pay the bill about to head for the exist and suddenly you gently stop me. What's happened? The sweet chocolate is left on my lips and you tenderly wipe it off with your handkerchief. Our faces are so close, and having given in to the instant impulse we become one whole in our first sweet kiss, the chocolate and coffee taste bitter on our lips, recognizing those of the beloved…
We slowly walk through the glass doors of the airport, our gate to heaven. A taxi takes us to our first day together, the day of our love…
I'll stop here. You live in my thoughts and in my heart. Take care of you and I'll be thinking of you on my day off. Your Ihar.

Letter 4

Hello, Todd!
Thank you for your letters and e-card. How are you? What mood are you in today? I hope you are OK. I'm quite fine. The day off wasn't very rich with events. In the morning I went shopping. And then I decided to clean my room. All second half of the day I devoted to cleaning and washing the room. Frankly speaking I even got tired at the end. But now my room, bathroom and kitchen are glaring with cleanness. I like, when I clean up everything, walking around my dwelling and enjoying the fruits of my labor. :-) So you don't like looking after the house and cooking, Todd. But it isn't so bad. We can find a compromise. I can cook, I wrote about it. I'll pamper you with something tasty. I can do the cleaning when we are together. I prefer to be surrounded with cleanness. But you won't get away from real man's work.:-) Moving and lifting heavy things isn't for women. Or you don't agree, Todd?
I'm so sorry to hear about Brandi. And that you were so busy because of her. We must forgive our close ones. Or at least be indulgent to them. And you are a brick you have done this financial work.
Your thought to give me a great big good morning kiss sounds wonderful. :-) Believe me, I'll give you tit for tat and answer with all my passion. I wonder if we aren't late for work? :-)
I'll be grateful for the photos from ski resort, Todd. Have a great time. But there's one condition - take care of you.
Today I've talked to my boss. She wished us happiness and said I could take the leave since the 7th of March. Todd, it sounds as if this time suits you? And it seems to me we'll be able to be together, I'll be able to embrace you, kiss… and do something more if you don't mind.:-)
I called a bank's hotline and I was told that the most reliable and safe way of transferring money is to use the Western Union or MoneyGramm system. Besides my full name I must indicate a control number of money order, the full name of the sender, and the exact sum of the transfer, plus show an ID, here it's a passport. The name of the city where I would pick up the money is Novomoskovsk, Ukraine. My full name is Ihar Pozniak. All my documents are OK. And for the sake of you and me, our future, I'm ready for the big tour round Ukraine: to Kiev (Dmitri) and Lvov (Natalia), I'll have to talk to my colleagues at work to take a few free days.
I have to go. Sorry, it's work. I'm worrying a little for we do everything in time. With warmest thoughts of you. Ihar.
P.S. I'll be able to be with you for 21 day (I wrote you about it). During that time I think we'll decide if I need to go back. What do you think?

Letter 5

Thanks for your quick reply. You are making so much for our meeting! I'm so grateful to you.
I have just called to Dmitry. It's good that he still was at the office. I've explained him the situation we have. Dmitry told that in any case I have to be in American embassy on Monday. It can't be transmitted. But when in the embassy they will ask me about travel check I'll have to answer that I didn't know about this requirement and without any problems will be ready to submit it next day, that is on Tuesday. And on Tuesday morning I should bring this check and show them, and get visa. In my opinion, Todd, this is the only one possible option, because if you will send the money on Monday morning your time it will be evening in Kiev. We have 9 hours time difference, so banks won't work on that time. And I'll be able to buy the check only on Tuesday morning. I'll have to spend the night in the Kiev hotel. Thanks God, it will be the last obstacle on the way to our meeting.
Take care. Will you be my Valentine? :-) Your Dr. Robinson :-) Hello, Todd!
I wanted to write you a big letter so much yesterday, but that visit to the doctor… In fact my leg is all right. It was X-rayed. They found nothing serious. My colleague-traumotologist bandaged my leg tight and told to come to him today. But today I feel much better. Maybe closer to the evening I'll drop on him. But maybe not.
OK, Todd, let's stop talking about me. I'm glad you are a success at your work. Well done. I'm proud of you. Word of honor.
But I have some problems. But I'll tell everything in turn. Today I got to work and first of all called Dmitry. He was at a meeting, and then he had lunch. But at last I managed to talk to him. He said that the decision to register the visa for me is ready and I have to be on Monday at 3 p.m. at the embassy of the USA in Kiev to get it. That's good news! But he also said that on getting the visa they'll require a travel check on my name to the sum of not less than $2000. That would be a guarantee for them that I have money foe living in the USA for the initial period and that I won't get engaged in prostitution or rob people in the streets. Besides that check may be also demanded on going through the customs in the territory of the USA. Dmitry said that it's a common practice when traveling abroad and he thought I knew it. Those who travel on MFA business get such a check, then cash it and use that money abroad for paying busyness expenses. One can think I go abroad every day and know all those details! Todd, I feel ill at ease. So many bureaucratic impediments! I haven't got such money. And the only way to show them that damned check - is to ask you for the money to buy it. Dmitry said it could be Tomas Cook check or American Express. It can be bought in almost any bank here and it can be encashed in any bank in the world. I'll take this check to you safe and sound, we'll encash it and you'll get your money back. It looks as if we have no other way out. So my mood isn't an atom of good.
And I also remembered my adventures when I was getting your previous money order. The point is that here the system Western Union is serviced by not a very reliable bank. That's why I had some problems last time. The most reliable Ukrainian bank works with the system MoneyGram. I talked to them on the phone and they told me that MoneyGram has a sight in the Internet www.moneygram.com and it'd be easy for you to find there the agent location nearest to you.
I don't know, Todd, maybe I'm too suspicious but I feel myself a beggar. And it's unpleasant. I'd better go.
I'll be looking forward to your letter. With the warmest thoughts of you. Your Dr. Pozniak (not Posniak). Though to my mind Dr. Robinson sounds not bad too. Doesn't it?:-)

Letter 6

I've just got a letter from Dasha, which Masha sent her. And since it is written in English, I send it to you as is.
HI DASHA DARLING!
I'M SO HAPPY I GOT YOUR E-MAIL. YOU CAN'T IMAGINE HOW I MISS YOU ALL. THOU FRANKLY, I WOULND'T COME BACK TO UKRAINE. FOR A WEEK FOR TO VISIT - WITH PLEASURE. BUT I WON'T STAY THERE FOREVER. BTW, SORRY I TYPE ENGLISH, BUT LARRY BOUGHT A NEW NOTEBOOK FOR ME AND I DIDN'T YET PUT CYRILLIC STICKERS ON THE KEYBOARD. I HOPE YOU EASILY UNDERSTAND ME AND DIDN'T FORGET OUR ENGLISH LESSONS WE USED TO TAKE TOGETHER. : -)

WELL, ENOUGH SPEAKING OF MYSELF. DASHKA, IT'S SO GOOD OF YOU THAT YOU STARTED THINKING OF MARRIAGE. AS YOU AND ARTEM HAVE DATED FOR 3 YRS. IT'S TIME TO START YOUR FAMILY. GO ON, NO DOUBTS. ARTEM IS A COOL GUY, HE LOVES YOU AND YOU CANT LIVE WITHOUT HIM. ENOUGH THINKING, GO ON MARRY HIM. MAYBE I'LL MANAGE TO LEAVE EVERYTHING AND COME TO YOUR WEDDING PARTY. : -) FOLLOW OUR IHAR'S EXAMPLE. YOU SEE THAT SHE DOESN'T DOUBT, SHE JUST DECIDED SHE WANTS TO BE WITH THAT AMERICAN GUY.

ACTUALLY I THOUGHT YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT HOW I MANAGED TO COME TO LARRY'S. IF YOU'RE NOT AWARE OF THAT I'LL TRY TO RECOLLECT HOW IT WAS. YOU TELL IHAR SHE'LL HAVE TO GO THRU MANY PROBLEMS. BUT IF THESE LADS WANT TO BE TOGETHER, JUST AS LARRY AND I, I THINK THEY'LL MANAGE IT. THE PROBLEM IS IF IHAR APPLIES FOR EMBASSY OFICCIALY SHE'LL GET REFUSE. I DID SO 6 TIMES AND BELIVE IT WAS REALLY HURTFUL AND I FELT SO NERVOUS. WHEN LARRY INVITED ME FOR VISIT, I WENT TO KIEV TO AMERICAN EMBASSY TO APPLY FOR VISA, AND BEFORE I HAD PRERARED ALL THE INFO ABOUT ME. SO, APLLYING FOR EMBASSY COST 50 BUCKS THEN (108 BUCKS AT JUST MOMENT AS I KNOW). I PAYED IT BUT AFTER THE INTERVIEW I GOT REFUSAL. SOME TIME PASSED AND I WENT THERE AGAIN. LARRY AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WE SHALL DO AS I WAS REFUSED AGAIN. NO COMMENTS AND GROUNDS GIVEN. FINALLY I UNERSTOOD IT'S A LOTERY. PLAYED FOR YEARS IF WISHED. AND THE RESULT WOULD BE LARRY WOULD RUN OUT OF MONEY IF HE HAD TO PAY EVERY TIME FOR APPYING FOR EMBASSY AND FOR MY LIVING IN KIEV. : -) AND WE MADE IT OTHER WAY. DASHA, MAYBE YOU REMEMBER MY PARENTS HAVE FAMILY FRIEND CALLED NATALIA ALEXANDROVNA. SHE WORKS IN TRAVEL AGENCY WITH HER HUSBAND. THEY'VE GOT SOME CHANNELS THERE AND IN US EMBASSY. THEY HELP ABOUT GETTING B-2 VISA. IT'S A TOURIST VISA. THE FEE IS 800 USD. AS YOU UNDERSTAND, MY DARLING, NO ONE WOULD DO ANYTHN FOR FREE. : -) IHAR CAN CALL AT MY PARENTS' AND GET THE PHONE # OF THIS LADY. I THINK MOM REMEMBERS IHAR. I THINK NATALIA ALEXANDROVNA CAN HELP HER AS HERE IN RUSSIAN DIASPORA I OFFERED THE SERVICE THIS AGENCY PROVIDES. AND THE RESULT WAS THAT PEOPLE GOT THESE VISAS AND CAME HERE TO THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. AND THIS AGENCY HAS BUSINESS WITH MANY AIRCOMPANIES AND OFFERES QUITE GOOD DISCOUNTS OFF AIRTICKETS TO US AND OTHER COUNTRIES. THOU I DIDN'T MAKE USE OT NATALIA ALEXANDROVNA'S SERVICE ABOUT GETTING VISA BUT STILL LARRY AND I BOUGHT THE TICKETS IN THIS VERY AGENCY. IT'S REALLY A BARGAIN. SO, LET IHAR SO THERE AND GET ALL THE INFO. AND LET HER PASS LARRY'S AND MY REGARDS TO NATALIA ALEXANDROVNA.
IT'S ONE WAY. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER, THE ONE LARRY AND I USED. AS B-2 VISA ALLOWS VISITING US ONE TIME WE DECIDED IT'S BETTER TO TAKE H-2B VISA. IT'S A WORKING VISA, ONE CAN WORK IN U.S. LEGALLY AND ENTER\EXIT U.S. MANY TIMES WITHIN 2 YRS. DASHA, AS YOU REMEMBER I WENT TO LARRY'S FIRST TIME TO MEET. AND SECOND TIME WHEN I WENT THERE WE LIVED TOGETHER FOR 1 YR AS HUSBAND AND WIFE. AND DUE TO H-2B I GOT A JOB AND FOR THAT YR I GOT ADAPTED IN U.S. LARRY AND I GOT TO KNOW EACH OTHER WELL AND DECIDED TO GET MARRIED. LARRY APPLIED FOR BRIDE'S VISA FOR ME (K-1) AND IN A MONTH WE MARRIED. I RECALLED NOW WONDERFUL IT WAS WHEN I MET LARRY FIRST. :- ) AND WE MISSED EACH OTHER SO MUCH WHEN WE HAD TO BE AWAY FROM EACH OTHER, BUT IT WASN'T FOR LONG. YOU REMEMBER I CAME TO UKRAINE TO SEE MY PARENTS AND ARRANGE ALL THINGS. WELL, ENOUGH RECALLINGS. IN KIEV THERE IS A MAN WITH WHOM I GOT ACQUINTED DUE TO MY UNCLE WHEN I FALIED TO GET VISA SEVERAL TIMES. HE IS CALLES DMITRY ANATOLIEVICH, HE USED TO ME A GROUP-MATE OF MY UNCLE AT UNIVERSITY. IF IHAR WANTS SHE CAN TO GO HIM. AGAIN, HIS ADDRESS IS AT MY PARENTS'. DMITRY ANATOLIEVICH IS A HIGH-RAKED OFFICIAL IN UKRAINIAN MFA (MID) AND HE CAN ASSIST HER IN GETTING H-2B VISA. BUT IT COSTS MORE - 2000 BUCKS. MY LARRY SAID THIS VISA IS WORTH IT AND HE DIDN'T FEEL UNEASY ABOUT ITS HIGH PRICE. I STARTED HAVING IT PROCESSED IMMEDIATELY AND SOON IT WAS READY.
THAT'S IT. BUT IN CASE IHAR AND HER FRIEND CHOOSE H-2B VISA, SHE MUST TELL DMITRY ANATOLIEVICH I SENT HER TO HIM. THAT IT WAS ME WHO ADVISED HER APPLYING FOR HIS HELP. IT WILL BE SAFER, HE'LL HELP HER FOR SURE.
WELL, DASHA, GIVE IHAR MY WARM REGARDS. I WISH SHE MET HER GUY AND FELL TRULY IN LOVE WITH HIM . :- ) IF IHAR HAS SOME QUESTIONS YOU CAN E-MAIL ME.
THAT'S ALL, DASHA, GIVE REGARDS TO YOUR MOM AND DAD, AND TO ARTEM. FEEL WELL. KISSING YOU. MASHA.

Letter 7

Hello, Todd! Thank you for your greetings, e-card and, of course, the letter. Buffet was great. It was a good occasion to speak to colleagues from other hospitals. Actually we see each other so rarely only hear about each other's progress. Now I had the occasion to talk to and get acquainted with the doctors I knew only by surnames. As a whole it was interesting. Todd, some of the doctors (mostly men and some women) were in a very interesting state up to the end of the buffet. :-)
I spent the day off wonderfully yesterday. Vika and I after having done some business went for a walk in the park. Todd, how wonderful it was there. Fresh air, ducks and swans swimming in the pond. I pitied I hadn't taken some bread for the animals. It seems to me they didn't mind to be treated.:-) But as usual there was an accident though a small one. While we were having a walk the lunchtime came and the school lessons were finished. So some of the "gifted children" came to the park too. They invented a pastime for themselves. They were making snowballs and throwing them. First to each other and then started to throw to the swimming birds. Todd, looking at it I lost my tongue. How could they take it into their heads? And there wasn't a park inspector there. It's a normal situation. Probably he was taking a lunchtime dose of vodka at that time. Vika and I looked at each other in perplexity. We had to explain the youngsters they weren't right in all ways available. It was good they were children about 12-13. they got afraid of us. So that's how I am. But let's stop talking about me.
Question. Todd, will we together go in your bath? :-) I'm just curious. :-)
As for Masha's letter. When I read it I nearly lost my marbles because of the prices she spoke of. Todd, it's really big money!!! I was making sense of the letter yesterday at home and decided to contact Dasha's parents and get to know everything in detail. Todd, I took Natalia's and Dmitry's coordinates and I managed to know the following. First, I called the travel agency where Natalia works. She turned to be a pleasant and friendly woman. We had a talk about my problem and Natalia said that I can count upon her help. The term of making B-2 visa from the day I give in the documents and pay for it is 21 days. Besides, I got to know the price for the ticket. Natalia offered me the ticket: Dnepropetrovsk-Pocatello through Frankfurt, Paris or Vienna for 880 USD. It's a round-trip ticket with fixed dates. The cost of it includes all discounts and taxes. Besides, there's an additional discount for Ukrainian citizens because an Ukrainian who uses international airlines service is almost a mythical phenomenon. The discounts are valuable if we buy the ticket not later than a month before the departure. And it should be paid cash in Ukrainian hrivnas. Tim, this is information from Natalia.
I also called to Dmitry in Kiev. Judging by his voice, he's rather energetic businessman. He informed me in brief that he is able to help me. He remembers Masha very good. On my question about the terms of making H-2B visa Dmitry said that it may be done from 7 to 14 days. But he said that it is not a telephone conversation and if I need his help he is waiting for me with documents and money in Kiev.
I agree with you, Todd. If not count the price of the first and second variants of visa (for me the sums are fantastic in both cases) it looks like visa H-2B is better. If we speak about long lasting perspectives of our relation. What do you think, Todd, what steps we should take?
Todd, you described your walk with Shelby great. It's a pity I hadn't been with you. I suppose such a walk would be pleasant for all of us. Besides, Todd, I want to tell you that 2 hours at a hairdresser's isn't too long. :-) It probably may seem strange to you. :-)
By the way, Todd, could you give me your home address? Mine is in the end of this letter.
Unfortunately it took me the whole day to write this letter. I had a lot of work to do. Phone calls. Lots of thoughts.
Todd, write me, please. You are always in my heart. With the warmest thoughts about you. Your Ihar.
P.S. My address:

Ihar Pozniak
ul. Sovetskaya, 48-32
Novomoskovsk
51200, Ukraine

Letter 8

Hello, my dearest Todd!
How are you? What mood are you in? I hope you are OK. Hurray, Todd! At last everything is over. I got the visa without any problems and I can think only about pleasant things now. The only thing left is to get the passport for registration to the local service that is occupied with entrance in the country and departure of the citizens to abroad. In an hour I'll be away from work not for long, go there quickly and give it to them. But it's such a small formality I shouldn't probably even mention it.
There are such frosts here that it's scary to go outside. Today until I got to work I thought my nose would fall off. My hands were in gloves but they got cold anyway. For our area it's too cold. At night the temperature was -13°C. But it was warm in the train. In contrast to the hospital and the flat. Todd, we aren't used to such temperatures here. On the whole I got bored of the snow already. I want warmth, spring. To take off the heavy coat, to put on something light. I wonder what the weather will be when we get together? Did you look the forecast? I have to look up for it to be ready for all caprices of nature.
I've come across a short article in train. It turns out that less than one year ago scientists proved that 80% of human genes which are responsible for progress of incurable diseases in the organism are identical with the genes of the acetic fly. It's interesting, Todd, that the fly's genes research showed that the gene responsible for forming haemoglobin is identical with the same human gene which has a tendency to malignant rebirth. And as to the fly's gene, it doesn't care. The research is said to promote the creation of highly effective medicine for cancer and kidney diseases, as well as for atherosclerosis.
I hope, Todd, you are not get tired from this story. It's seemed to me very interesting. A lot of magazines are published in your country, if you happen to see something interesting, tell me about it , please. I would be very grateful to you.
Are magazines and newspapers popular in your country, or has the Internet completely ousted them? Todd, there were times in our country, when no intellectual family could manage without a couple of so-called "thick" magazines. The most popular and talented writers, not just the Russian ones, but Western as well, published their works there. Most of people here can't manage without newspapers either. They contain not only the entertainment stuff, but also the latest political, social, sport and art news. Too bad, Todd, but with each passing year people in our country read less and less. So when people who do read purchase huge piles of magazines and newspapers, they stand out social outcasts against the background of the overall getting dumb. It's quite probable, that the wish to know everything has some destructive feature: one's head just gets swollen with too much of various information, thoughts start to loose their clarity. But that is not the case with me. And what do you think about that, Todd? I'll add, that many celebrities (as well, as those who are striving to become such) use newspapers and magazines for self-affirmation. Some of them pay journalists, so that the latter would praise them in every possible way. There are others, who, on the contrary, get into various scandals, just to show off. Besides, Todd, there's "hidden" censorship. On the one hand, one can write whatever he or she wants, even using some bad and obscene vocabulary to make the information appear somewhat spicier. But on the other hand, God forbid one to write the truth about some top banana, especially about a political one - or else, there would be trouble. And what about those things in your country, Todd?
I have to finish, there's a lot of work to do. Waiting for your answer. Have a nice day. Take care of you. Ihar.
P.S. And one more, Todd, write me, please, to another e-mail address. As I have some technical difficulties with the old one.
P.P.S. You are in my heart.

Letter 9

Hello, Todd!
How I missed you. The days when I couldn't read even a line from you seemed eternity to me. I hope you missed me too.:-) Or don't you?:-( Confess.:-)
OK, Todd, let's talk about everything in its turn. First of all I want to thank you for the extra $120 you've sent me. I didn't want to use them (that's for I borrowed some money from my colleagues), but I had to spend a part of them, as my money wasn't enough. Now I have your $50 left. My parents are fine. My trip wasn't very interesting; I'd say it was tiresome. Long ride in the train, you know. I was pleasant to stay with my parents, to feel their care, love and warm attitude. Because they are my closest people in the world. Realizing the fact that while being beside them I can feel calm, that nobody would hurt me, that I'll be understood, that nobody says anything wrong gives me the supply of self-reliance. I know that anytime I can get back to my parents' place where I'll be welcomed. All this helps me live. They are good people. Todd, I wrote you that my sister Valya doesn't live with parents, she lives in Kharkov with her husband. So I haven't seen her.
First of all I went to the agency to Natalia and bought the tickets. Ooops! I'll arrive on the 7th of March but not to Pocatello, I'll arrive to Salt Lake City. Is it too far from your place? Will it cause a lot of problems? When I got to know that Natalia couldn't get the tickets to Pocatello t that price I got very upset. Natalia explained me that it had been possible on the day I spoke to her. And now it isn't. So, Todd, I'm arriving on the 7th of March from Washington DC, flight Delta #573. The return ticket is for the 30th of March (if we decide we'll need to part).
On Friday I visited Dmitry. It's a very high standing official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He took all my documents and said me not to worry and that America is a beautiful country. Next Friday, i.e. on the 13th of February I'll have to call him and he'll tell the exact date when I have to be in the USA embassy in Kiev to get the visa.
You feel good, Todd, you are eating an ice-cream sandwich. I want it too.:-) Ice-cream is the thing I like very much.:-)
You did right, Todd, when you decided not to go to the ski resort today. Safety is above all! I wouldn't like anything happen to you on the road. In the long run, it isn't the last day when you can ski.:-)
And one more thing. My parents and I talked a lot about you, Todd. Didn't you have hiccup? We have such a sign. If one is talked about, he has hiccup.:-) I understand that it's just a sign.:-) So, my parents asked to send you their regards, and my father expressed hope that you wouldn't do anything bad to his daughter. I stood up for you and told my father that my Todd isn't capable of doing anything bad. I personally have no doubts - you won't hurt me.
It's a pity you have such intensive working hours. I have lots of things to do at work too, but I'm counting the days left until the leave already and pay less attention to my work than I should. But I'll concentrate my attention and everything will be OK.
Sweet Todd, take care of you, please. You are in my thoughts and in my heart. Your Ihar.
P.S. In my next letter I'll write you about my ideas concerning our meeting in the airport. I'm sorry, but now I don't have time any more.
P.P.S. Don't eat lots of ice-cream - you'll have a sore throat.:-) Aren't I a pain in the neck?:-)

Letter 10

Hello, Todd!
Thank you for your letters and e-card. I was very pleased to get them. How are you? What mood are you in? I hope everything's all right.
On Thursday I had an operational day and I wasn't able to write you a lot. I got tired very much though I left work earlier than usual. I.e. as soon as the operations were finished I left. I got home and fell asleep at once. And I slept till the morning. And on Friday morning I felt myself quite rested and bright. Though I woke up very early. I was lying in my bed and thinking. About you and I. About what is waiting for me (us) in near and far future. I was thinking about the happiness the Internet brought to me having acquainted you and me. About parents. About children. About lots of other things.
And you know, Todd, I came to one quite a global conclusion. I'll explain now. The point is that according to our correspondence we'd hardly want to part. Two weeks will pass unnoticed in the company of each other. And what's then? Go back? Wait for the next leave? What for? I came to a conclusion I would be better to spend more time with you. To get to know you better. To get busy with the question of finding work for me in America. To start getting ready for taking tests of American Medical Association. So, I don't know if I'm right or not, but I decided to leave my work. To my mind it's better to do it in a civilized way than later send a letter from the States to get a discharge. Now I can hand over my patients, finish all the formalities and nobody will say anything bad about me. What do you think, Todd, I decided right or not?
On the whole - what is said - is done. I came to work and first of all wrote an application for discharge. Then the head doctor of the hospital sent for me and tried to persuade me to stay at work. I explained him the reasons of my discharge. He understood everything and signed my application. Moreover he gave me a letter of recommendation. It was so nice. I didn't ask him about it, he offered it himself. I read it and was surprised at how good I am and what a valuable employee I am. :-) The rest of the day I spent with paperwork. I handed the medical histories of my patients to other doctors (a few for each one). I listened to their farewell and wishes for happiness. All the same, Todd, my colleagues are people with big heart. So many warm words! It was enormously nice.:-)
Yesterday, i.e. on Saturday I was busy with packing things and finishing some things at home. Ludmila even burst into tears. I want to take my things to my parents'. I want to say goodbye to them. So this evening I'm leaving for Lvov. You know, Todd, both with the foretaste of joy of our meeting there's also something that doesn't let me to surrender myself to the joyful dreams fully. That's probably called nostalgia. But it'll go away I'm sure. But anyway meanwhile I'm a bit sad. But very soon we'll be together and everything will be all right. :-) I'm sure in it!
I'll stay with my parents till Friday. And on Friday I'll take the train to Kiev and from there I'll fly to you. But don't forget to meet me, my dear, or I'll feel very lonely in a foreign airport.:-) I'll call you on the 7th of March from Washington as soon as I arrive there. Probably, Todd, you'll already be on the road, but you'll have your cell phone with you?
The only thing makes me a bit upset. The thing I practically don't have travel money. I have the check but I think I'll need it for passing the customs in the USA. If you could send me just a small sum of money for possible expenses while traveling, I'd be very grateful to you. Probably you have an impression I waste money. But it isn't so. Just all those trips and baggage transportation cost a lot of money. I'll drop into a web cafe in Lvov to see if there's a letter from you. Anyway I say you goodbye till Saturday. My God, there's less than a WEEK left till our meeting! Oh, how I'm waiting for it! And I congratulate you with the coming spring. Spring is the time of love and hopes. Kiss you. Your Ihar.