Letter(s) from Ulyana Byharena to Kevin (USA)

Letter 1

just want to send you two more pics. One of them was taken recently when I had a dinner with my friends in cafe and another pics was taken at home near the window. I don't have free time now, I will write you a longer email about everything later today.


Letter 2

Kevin, 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 February 9. 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.
I have an older sister, you can see her with me on photos. She is 31 years old now.
She recently divorced and she had 4 years old daughter. Her husband cheated on her.
We live with our parents in 3 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?
First two pics were taken in Sochi (the Black Sea) last summer. The next two pics were taken during New Year's holidays while we were shopping for presents with my sister.
In winter I like skiing, although we have cold winters... our summers are warm usually.
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. My father is retired engineer.
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, Pushkina 37 street, flat 3. 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 )))


Letter 3

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 ))
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!!! I don't have enough time now to write more things.

Letter 4

Anyway 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) the 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 three 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 some pics for you here.
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!
Tomorrow Sunday the travel agency don't work. I will go there on Monday and they will give me a schedule of my flight (date and time of my arrival, terminal etc.).
So I will write you on Monday with all details.
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, as soon as I receive the information about my trip I will write you.
Stranger in Moscow =))))