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

Letter 1

Larry, hello! Thank's for your reply so much!!! I hope soon I will be able to come to your area by my birthday and we will meet each other! I'm not sure why I picked you but I feel something special about you!
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.
So you already know my full name. I'm 26 years old, not that young I think? My birthday is December 22. 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, you can see her with me on photos. She is 16 years old now.
We live with our parents in 2 room apartment.
The name of my city is Angarsk, it's near Irkutsk city. Angarsk is quite small city 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 fitness 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!
Do you know how to dance? If not I can teach you!
I can dance many different styles.
When I come to your city I will work as a waitress in a restaurant. I would like to work as a
dance teacher but I think you understand it's not possible to arrange such work by Internet because they want to see how well I dance.
Anyway I will try to find such work when I come over there. Or maybe not a dancer but aerobics instructor, I think it's also very good job.
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 summer.
The second one is me with my mom. We are in the theatre.
The third one is me playing pool.
One the last two pics you can see my portrait. On the pic with my sister the image is not clear so I'm sending one more pic of my portrait. Do you like this picture? My father drew my portrait and presented it to me. He is a retired engineer now but he loves to paint and do it very well. He doesn't have any special education for it but I like his paintings!
My sister Vica will finish school and enter 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!
In winter I like skiing, although we have cold winters... our summers are warm usually.
I color my hair to blond. The natural color of my hair is fair. I hope that's not a problem for you or you like natural color of hair?
My father is 59 years old now, my mom is 44. 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. I can play piano also, she teached me how to play piano. I finished music school and I still play piano about once a week.
I like classic music, jazz, rock, lounge. I like music at all!
I want to try how to ride a motorcycle someday! I've never tried it!
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. I will be really happy to call you from Moscow. Now I'm not at home often and of you call me my father will pick up the phone and he can't speak any English and he will be shocked to hear the English speech. I still didn't tell him about you but I'm going to tell him this week, I will write you about his thoughts on this topic! I suppose in few days I will leave for Moscow and start my trip! 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, Angarsk, Gogolya 24 street, flat 6.
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! 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!
Valia

Letter 2

Larry! 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!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much for the pics!
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. The first one is me on my bed where I sleep, the next two pics is me with my friends. The next one is just a pic of myself.. and the last one is me near the Black Sea.
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?
Soon I want to go to the premier of new movie with Cameron Diaz - Holiday. I think it will be really nice comedy! I like this actress.
Could you recommend me any American movie so I can watch it?
What is your favorite movie and actor?
Some time age I watched "Perfume" (by a novel of Patrick Zuskind).
I've read this novel and I like it so much! Breathtaking! Anyway I think the book is better then the movie.
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,
Valia

Letter 3

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 great time together!
I've heard 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 to Moscow about two months ago with a concert! I've heard it was perfect!!!! Anyway if I had a choice I would choose one our meeting then ten concerts of Madonna!
I took two pics for you, I'm sorry for the quality of this pics, I didn't take my good camera with me because I'm afraid I can brake it or loose it and anyway I think my parents and sister want to use it so I have only very old camera here. One photo is me with that old woman. I think she looks quite good for 70 years old (although I will tell you a secret, her hair is not natural, it's a wig.. I'm not sure if that's right word in English). Another photo is me in the center of Moscow not far from the Kremlin. It's very beautiful there!
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. I don't know how to pose...
Anyway I've done this pics for you and I hope you will be satisfied with them ))
Today I walked in the Gorky Park... I liked this place too.
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!!!! I already bought few magnets (again I'm not sure this is the right word, I didn't take a dictionary with me in INternet cafe but I have it with my luggage) with images of Moscow and Kremlin. You can hang up them to your refrigerator (do you have any already??). We have few magnets from Sochi on our refrigerator.
Also I bought you two little souvenir bottles of vodka ))) They are really small and just souvenirs!
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,
Stranger in Moscow =))))

Letter 4

Larry! 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 Wednesday, December 20.
I really hope to be on that plane.

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

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Information for Valia Simenchugouva.

"Travel&Work", Surikova Anna. Moscow, Dobroliubova street 27,office 43.
(7 ) (495 ) 273-283-2 (7) (495) 273-835-3

Flights: Moscow, Russian Federation - Dallas, Texas, USA Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Flights All airports (MOW), Moscow, Russian Federation to Dallas Ft Worth (DFW), Dallas, Texas,
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

Flight Departing Arriving Stops / Aircraft Duration Seats available
1st Biz Eco

Lufthansa
LH 3189 Sheremetyevo (SVO), Moscow, Russian Federation
Terminal 2 07:05
Frankfurt Int'l (FRA), Frankfurt, Germany
Terminal 1 08:15
Non-stop / AB6 15h35min N/A Yes Yes
United Airlines
UA 8864 OP Frankfurt Int'l (FRA), Frankfurt, Germany
Terminal 1 09:55
Dallas Ft Worth (DFW), Dallas, Texas, USA
Terminal D 13:40

Please use our service.
Best regards. Manager|Surikova Anna.

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 : Novodvorskiy Pereulok 72-21
post code : 117932
Full name Valia Simenchugouva

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... But if you don't want to live with me I will live with other girls who came to work too.

see you soon!!! You are a great man and I hope you will not live me alone in Moscow and help me