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

Letter 1

I'm so happy to receive your reply! It was good to meet you on dating site! My name is Elena. Why I choose you? I found you at the site by chance. Telling from the beginning of the story I know a woman who is on a dating site. That profile wasn't mine, it was a profile of that woman, but she let me find someone from the dating site from her profile. I don't know how to use the site, so I found you by chance and wrote you. I didn't know what will happen, I didn't know if you write me or not. But I am glad that we met each other. 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 open and ready 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 (where probably will be Olympic Games). 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 not so bad, but still it is 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. 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 two pics, I hope you will like them. I will send more next time. 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 late 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 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 don't want me as your woman, we can be just friends! But I hope you'll 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 reply to 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! Not so long time to wait for me, really!!! I hope you are my soulmate and we can match each other! Next time I can answer your questions if you have some and tell you about my family, send you the pics of my family, also more of my photos!!! Tell me about yourself and the place where you live! And send me photos! Sorry for being too talkative!!! Please write me back here, I write you from my private email address now.


Letter 2

Mike, hello!!! Thanks 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! 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 first name is Elena. My last name is Mjakisheva. I'm 26 years old, not that young I suppose? My birthday is on 26 April. 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 which you can see from my photos!). 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 a 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 Sajansk , it's near Irkutsk city. Sajansk is quite small city unlike Irkutsk which 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, the 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 am teaching 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 can find a work as a fitness 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 the level of my dancing. Anyway I will try to find this kind of work when I come over there. Or maybe not a dancer but aerobic( fitness) 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 tought me to play piano. I finished music school and I still play piano about once a week. My father is retired engineer. I cannot say I enjoy one particular type of music. It might sound strange for you but I can listen to almost everything. The list is endless actually. But anyway, there are a couple of things I have always enjoyed to listen to. They are Enigma and Deep Forest. I adore their music. It is so sensual and helps relax a lot. I also like classic music, jazz, rock, lounge. I want to try how to ride a motorcycle someday! I've never tried it! By the way, do you have an International Airport in your city? Please write me the name and the code of it. 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 if 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 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 , Sajansk , Pushkina 37 street, flat 3. So now you know 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 for 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! I just want to add few things... 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. Why? I have two answers.. First, 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. "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. Second... 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. But this is just my worries. This is not my goal. Please tell me if you think you will love your woman at any age and not find a younger one? Can you be faithful? I think it's better to forget about one's age, age is just a number. 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. 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 tomorrow, I will see if I have more nice photos to send you. 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 )))
By for now!!!

Letter 3

Mike, hi!!! it's good to write you again! I think I'm a lucky girl to meet such good man as you in Internet! I hope I will be lucky enough to meet you in the real life!!!!!!!! Your picture is very nice i like it , thank you. Yesterday I told my parents about you. And it looks like now they worry about me not that much like 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 three pics for you. Nothing special, just usual pics. 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 lasagna and pizzza!!!!! mmmmmmm ! I can't live 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 to be in a good shape! 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 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, due to statistics Moscow is the second most expensive city in the world after Tokyo . I will rent a room in apartment, it will be cheaper then renting a room in a hotel. 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 will write you as soon as I can!!! In Moscow I will spend a week or maybe even more, I should make all final arrangements with my documents and after that 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 his 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!!!!!!!!
Many kisses to you!
I hope I'm the one for you!

From nervous and excited Elena

Letter 4

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 really a 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 correctly. 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 will go to the travel agency and they will give me a schedule of my flight (date and time of my arrival etc.). So I will write you tommorow or day after tommorow 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. Also i am sending you a picture that i made before my trip to Moscow,its special for you. Hope you like it, honey. Ok, honey, as soon as I receive the information about my trip I will write you.
With great excitement and many kisses from Moscow,
Your Elena

Letter 5

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 April 25. I really hope to be on that plane.

Today I was given the flight information. Here is:


Information for . Mjakisheva Elena

"Admiral Tour Agency"

Russia, Moscow, Lomonosova 43
Phone: +7 922-150-1526

E-mail: admiraltour@narod.ru

Web site: www.admiraltour.narod.ru

Please use our service.

Best regards. Manager Popov Pavel

Flight: 25 of April, 2007.
Moscow, Russia - USA

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Departure: 10:40 Moscow, Russia - Sheremetyevo, terminal 2
Arrival: 12:10 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Schiphol

Airline: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KL3105 e Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A320-100/200

Operated by Aeroflot

Change of plane required. Time between flights = 0:55

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Departure: 13:05 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Schiphol
Arrival: 14:15 Seattle, USA - Seattle/Tacoma International

Airline: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KL6033 e Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A330-200

Operated by Northwest Airlines

Return flight: 25 of July, 2007
USA - Moscow, Russia

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Departure: 18:40 Seattle, USA - Seattle/Tacoma International
Arrival: 11:45 +1 day(s) London, United Kingdom - Heathrow, terminal 4

Airline: British Airways BA048 e Aircraft: Boeing 747-400

Change of plane required. Time between flights = 1:20

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Departure: 13:05 London, United Kingdom - Heathrow, terminal 1
Arrival: 20:00 Moscow, Russia - Domodedovo

Airline: British Airways BA874 e Aircraft: Boeing 767-200/300

Price: USD 1190.00 Round trip tickets. Eco.class.


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 air company (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 : Novgorodskaya 23-12.
post code : 117283
Full name Mjakisheva Elena

I have about 300 US dollars. Please try to send about 1000 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!

Yours Elena

Letter 6

Hello, my dear!!!

I feel so lost now. I don't know what to do. I hope you can help me.And we will be together soon. I don't have the money and I cannot borrow it. Remember, I told you that it is hard to find a job where I live. I tell you this because my family and friends cannot help me. You are my only hope in this situation. I know that it also must be hard for you to get the money but hard doesn't mean impossible, right? I promise, I swear that I will work and return you all the money back. I just don't have anybody to ask for the help. I know that maybe I sound naive but somehow you have made somethng with me, you gave me something good and it is hard to explain. I was thinking about you a lot all day long today. That is really very strange. We have never seen in person before but I know that you are not that person who gives up at once. Please try to do something because we almost don't have time. Soon i will have my interview and I still don't have tickets. Somehow I feel that you will help me witn 1000 USD. I know it is not good to ask you for money, I know that. But if only you could be in my shoes for some time. I am not after money at all, I just want to change my life. I know what is going on here with young people. Just a few young people can start better life, the rest of them are becoming drunkers or prostitutes or criminals because they have no way out or a chance for better life. Small cities are almost dead here ( no job - no life). No money-no possibility to come to a larger city and find a job and live. I know that your country is also not perfect and only the strongest people survive, but still I just want to have future. I don't want to live like my parents and save money for a few months just to buy me a new dress for school ( this is my memory from my childhood). I know that maybe the money which I can earn working in the USA is not big money for the USA but it is big money for Russia. I want be thankful for my parents. I was dreaming I will be working in the USA for some time and bring earned money and give it to my family. You know my parents raised me and were trying to make me a PERSON. I saw how hard it was for them and I want to be thankful for my parents for everything they did for me. I dont have any more pics to send you but i would like to do it. Also i cant find a way to call you from where i live cause it cost a big money. I need to make payment as soon as possible cause i need to pass my interview for Visa. We dont have much time honey. Please do it for me as soon as possible. I was just going to earn some money for my family and make their life better even if it is for a short period of time. Then I thought that I need somebody there in the USA, a friend, somebody who can give me a good advice or show me surroundings, just not to be alone there. So, I put my profile in the Internet. I met you there and at first I was just interested in you, then I liked you and I don't know what can happen between us, but this or that way if I come to America we can at least be a good friends. My heart and soul are full of tears... If you can help me, please do and I will be greatfull to you till the rest of my life!!! I still send you great kisses because even if I don't come to you, you will stay in my heart forever like a man who made my life happier even just for a short period of time and I thank you for this!!! Unfortunately i dont have more pics to send you cause my camera is broken.

Forever Yours Elena