Letter(s) from Ekaterina Pashkova to Luis (USA)

Letter 1

Hello! I was so glad to receive a message from you!
My name is Olga.
It is really new experience for me because I never wrote e-mails to someone from another country, its a first time! So you see, I'm a usual girl without any secrets and I also have only good intentions!
First of all I think I should tell you about this: I will work abroad for about three months so I would like to meet a nice man, who could be my friend and who will show me around. I think that its very difficult to live alone in a foreign country without friends, besides I have never been abroad before.
I don't have a boyfriend so when we get to know each other better we can be more then friend. We will see...
You know, I live in small town in Russia, so for truth I'm just afraid to be lost abroad. So now you understand that I just want to see real life and as I'm travelling alone I wish to find someone to be my guide.
I want my man to be kind, open-hearted and truthful.
You know, I'm truthful also, so I want to tell many details about myself.
As I told you, I live in a small town, but I really don't like to live here.
Maybe you heard that its very difficult to find a work in russia, especially in a small town, so I just don't have any opportunities here.
In russia also many girls are trying to find a work abroad. I heard about it in the news. So I also decided to work in another country.
My job is instructor of modern dancing.
I already started to register documents so I will be able to work in any state of USA (Canada). So now I need to choose in which city I want to work. For truth it is the most difficult problem.
As I`m travelling alone I want to find a friend abroad and make a city where he lives to be my destination. I think you understand that its the only chance to change my life.
I'm 25 years old and I'm full of energy! I have many plans and dreams!
I think that I'm pretty enough to have a better place.
I hope you won't be disappointed if you decide to meet me.
Ok, I will finish my e-mail, but I hope to get a reply from you soon!
I will leave my town in several days so I just want to be sure that someone waits for me there so I could feel more safe.
I will work all days long and I would like to find a man to spend all free time together to get to know each other better.
I hope you will have an interest in meeting me, from my side I will be more then happy to meet you too.
I hope you were not tired to read my e-mail? I could tell you more details about me and my life in next e-mails.
Also pls tell me if you like my pictures and if you want to meet me!
I will wait for your answer! Write me here at my private email
address!
With best regards, Olga

Letter 2

Hi again! I don't have enough time now and I'm very hungry so I have to run now. I just want to say I didn't forget about you and I'm sending few more pics of myself. Just usual pics... I hope you will like them and I promise I will write you more when I have some free time!
One photo was taken at the beginning of January (this year 2007) and another one was taken at the South of Russia.

Letter 3

Luis hello, Thank you for your photo and I was wondering if I receive a message from you, so I was very pleased when I saw your message in my mailbox.
Its very amazing for me to talk to a man who is so far away. Its great I will come to your area and we will meet each other, do you agree??
I can't tell you now what day exactly I will fly, but of course as soon as I learn it - I will tell you.
I'm supposed to work as a waitress in a restaurant. It's a common work for women who come to work to your country from all over the world.
I can speak English and I write without translator.
But before we meet I want to know as much as possible about you and I think I need to tell you also all small things about me.
For truth I'm not sure from where should I start. But ok, I will try.
First of all, I'm 25 years old. My name is Olga Kalugina.
My birthday is May 10.
I do care about my body very much. I do aerobics everyday when I get up in the morning. It helps me to be full of energy all day.
You know that I'm an instructor of modern dancing.
If you are interesting I will tell you about it:
Modern dance is based on three principles:
1.Movement, 2. Dynamism, 3 Form (not dependent on music).
Its rather difficult to explain what is modern dance, for truth I prefer to dance it for you when we will meet.
So you see I take care of my body and I'm in a good shape.
I'm 167 cm tall (5.6.) and 51 kg weight. I don't know my bust-waist-hips measurements, but I think its ok!!!!
As I wrote you I live in a small town in russia, its name is Kalachinsk.
My city is very small. Some maps even doesn`t show this city.
But we have a lager city near us - Omsk. We usually go there by bus or by train to go to theatre or cinema.
You see I'm a usual girl from a small city in russia so its very easy to make me feel exited!
Oh, I think I need to tell you about my family. I live with my parents and my young sister, her name is Marina, she is 18 years old. She entered university this year, history faculty. She wants to be a teacher one day.
My parents are nice people, I love them very much.
My mum is 47 years old and my father is 63 years old. You see that they have such big age difference, but they love each other and they are happy together. Russia its a usual thing when man is much older then a woman. Here you can find more lonely women then lonely men.
Many men in Russia are not family oriented and I can't find the right man here. My father is very good man, he is a bit old fashioned and now in modern Russia is not that easy to find a good man, all men just want to enjoy life and they don't care about the future.
As I told, he is 63, all his life he was a police officer (russian Militsia).
But now he is retired. My mum works as a seller in a shop.
I think I will miss them when I will leave russia for work, but my parents will stay with my sister, so they won't feel themselve lonely.
They are happy for me, because they want me to be happy and to have my own life.
I will tell my parents today about you, so they won't worry that I will be alone in foreign country.
Pls tell me if you have an International Airport in your city? Please write me it's name and code. Or write me the name of the nearest Airport to you.
You know, I'm sending my e-mails from internet cafe, because I don`t have an internet at home. There is no any messenger in this Cafe so we can only keep emailing each other. But if you wish I could call you when I will fly to moscow, because my phone at home doesn't accept international calls.
I think I will fly to moscow in few days to start my trip.
In any case you will need it, here is my home adress: Russia, Kalachinsk, Sovetskaya street 16-29.
Ok, I think I told you all main things about me, so now you know more.
I'm sending a kiss for you but I'm not sure if you could get it or not, because its the ocean between us. I will wait for your answer with impatience!!!!

With best wishes, Olga

P.S. I'm sending 5 more photos.
1 - I'm doing aerobics at home
2 - me at the South of Russia. I didn't pose for that pic with that boy! Actually I don't know him at all ))
3 - me with a horse. It's my hobby to ride horses. I like animals.
4 - me and my sister Marina
5 - me at the shop trying a new wear. I didn't buy it because it was
too expensive ))

Letter 4

I want to write you some more things about me. First of all I want to tell you that its a great pleasure for me to write you. Internet could make two different people closer to each other, it's so unusual for me, but I really like it! I don't remember if I told you or not, but I have never been married and I don't have any kids.
I haven't thought about having kids yet, at first I want to find my true love!
I finished Omsk University two years ago, contemporary dance faculty.
You know, next few days I will fly to moscow to finish all arrangements for my trip.
I'm so exited! By the way, I told my parents about you and they are happy for me, because I will be not alone when I will arrive over there.
What else could I say? I don't smoke and I drink socially. Sometimes I could drink a glass of red wine on holidays, but not often.
I like to keep myself busy. I'm not lazy! I do all housework at home and it's a pleasure for me to keep clean a place where I live.
I like to go watch sports and go to sport events. I'm sending a pic from such event!
Also I'm sending a pic with my friend and one more usual pic.
Sorry my email is not so sweet today but I'm really tired. I will go home now. Today was my last day at work before I start my trip.
I will write you more tomorrow!! Lot's of kisses to you!

Letter 5

luis hello! Sorry I didn't write you, I was busy with packing my things and getting ready for my trip. I hope you are having a good day! As for me, my day is good, I feel myself a lucky girl because I've met such man as you in internet. I think you are nice and honest man and I want to see you in real life! I hope something will work out between us! At first we will meet and then we can talk about it ))
Ok, I will continue to write some things about me! I think I didn't write I like cooking. I know how to cook many dishes.
I will cook something for you. You should just tell me what you prefer. I can cook Italian food - pizza or spaghetti. Also I can cook almost all russian dishes. For example - borsch, solyanka, kotlety, bliny, vareniki. I like to eat Japan food (sushi), you will see it on a photo!
Also I like to cook different sweet dishes.
Do you like tiramisu cake? Have you tried it? Anyway, I will cook it for you!
You see, I like to cook and eat tasty things. Usually I don't eat after 7 o'clock in the evening, so it helps me not to be fat.
I told you in my free time, I like to go to theatre. Also I like cinema. I saw Taxi-4 today. Have you seen this movie? It's a new french film. I saw the previous parts, so the last part was a little bit boring for me. What do you think? I think that first parts usually better then last. For example Pirates of the Carribean, I think the first part is better.
By the way, my favorite actress is Juliya Roberts and Cameron Diaz.
And yours? Tell me about your favorite movie!
I've been told in 3 months here it will be the premier of Pirates of the Carribean (part 3) and Shrek-3! I can't wait! I think you will see these movies earlier!! Anyway I will be not in Russia to see these movies. Maybe I can see it in English over there?
So, lets continue. I have a drivers licence, but I don't have a car.
My father has a car, but for truth he not so often gives it to me.
He has a russian car - "Zhiguli", have you heard about it??? Actually many russian men are afraid to give their cars to women because many men think it's not for women to drive a car.
I don't know if I told you or not, so I will say again:
when I arrive I will be able to stay in a room near my future work. This room will rent girls who will also work in this area (they could be possible not russians but they will work also there).
So it will be rather cheap to rent it. But if we will like each other, could we stay together? So if you prefer it, it will be a pleasure for me.
By the way, do you have a wide bed? (its a joke!)
But I could stay in a room, its both suitable for me.
As you know, I will stay there for three months, but if everything goes well, I will be able to prolong my trip for 6 months or more.
I hope you will help me to improve my english! And I hope you will like my accent! Also I can teach you how to speak some russian if you want! I can speak English without any problems. When I'm in Moscow we can try to talk by phone.
So, here is the important part of my e-mail:
After I finish my e-mail, I will go back home and take my bags and go to Omsk airport to take a flight to Moscow.
In Moscow I will fly by plane. For truth, I'm very nervous, because I'm afraid to fly by plane. If you will think about me and wait for me I will feel more safe! OK, when I arrive to moscow I will send you a message to let you know that everything is ok.
I hope I will find a place to stay there, anyway I will write you as soon as I settle down there.
I have never been to moscow before, it's a capital of russia, it's very big and nice city! I'm wondering if people in my city are the same as people in moscow or not.
You should know, I will spend there a week or maybe more. I need to finish all my documents and after I do it I will be ready to fly to you!!
Oh, I'm sending you some photos of me on a Black sea on russian resort Gelendgik. I'm sure you will like it!!!
My sister told me the on my first pic where I'm in the swimming suit near swimming pool I look like Ewa Mendez! It's a famous actress. I don't think I look like her! She is so beautiful!
Ok, its time to go!!! I have a plane in several hours!
I will write you when I arrive to moscow.
Kisses, Olga

Letter 6

Hello!!!!! Now I'm talking to you from moscow!!! You know how I was nervous to fly by plane, but everything was ok. You know some days ago it was a plane crash in Samara city, Russia.
Have you heard about it? I was so stressed because of it.
For truth I can't imagine what people in that plane felt.
I think you've already heard about the death of ex-president of Russia Boris Eltsin. And only today I heard the famous Russian musician and composer Rostropovich died. Have you heard about him? I've been told he was well known all over the world.
But ok, I will stop to talk about bad things. I will start to tell you about moscow. It is really big city. I didn't imagine it is so big. I went by train from airport to the center of Moscow, it took about 40 minutes.
As you remember I was wondering if people in moscow are the same as people in my city. Now I think they are different because all people here are rushing somewhere. I tried to ask somebody on a street to help me to find a necessary street, but all people are in a hurry and I received help only after 15 minutes. Anyway very soon I became ok with moscow temp of life.
I found a place to stay - I rent a small room not in the center of moscow but near metro. I think everybody here use metro because it's more fast to go by metro then to go by car.
It's about +15`C today. Sorry I don't know how much in farenheit.
Rather warm weather in Russia. Although the weather is not sunny. I wear a coat and feel myself wonderful!
You see, I already told you bad things about moscow but from another side I feel that it is different life here. It's just not usual for me yet. I'm so happy and exited!
I will stay in moscow just several days so I want to visit some galleries and museums here.
Before leaving my city I bought a camera in a commission shop where they sell things which already had been used. It's quite good camera, although some functions don't work. I didn't take our good camera with me because I think my family will need it.
You see everything is so unusual and I'm both nervous and excited! I want to ask you please check again the closest international airport and it's code. Also please write me without any mistakes your telephone number I can reach you. I think I will be able to call you before I fly to you. I want to be sure I will not make any mistakes!
Ok, I will finish this message because I have so many feelings so I will better write you later again.

Kisses and hugs,
Olga

Letter 7

Luis hello! I'm so happy I finally have time to write you a long e-mail.
I have so many things to share with you. I have so many new emotions.
First of all I think its very difficult to live alone in such big city as Moscow. It is so crowded, in my city life is more calm.
Ok, I think you are waiting for travel details from me, aren't you?
As you know, I was in travel agency today - the nearest possible flight will be May 6. I hope you are OK with that date. Will you be able to meet me on that date? If you are busy I will understand, but then I will need some instructions from you.
I hope you will have some free time to spend with me!!!!!
OK enough talking. Here is the information about my trip I received today!!!!!!!!
Review Trip Details of Olga Kalugina
1. Review Flight

Flights: Moscow, Russian Federation - Albany, New York, USA Sunday, May 6, 2007
Flights All airports (MOW), Moscow, Russian Federation to Albany (ALB), Albany, New York, 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
Aeroflot
SU 315
Sheremetyevo (SVO), Moscow, Russian Federation
Terminal 2 15:35
John F Kennedy Int'l (JFK), New York, New York, USA
Terminal 3 18:00
Non-stop / 763 13h55min N/A Yes Yes
US Airways
US 4814 OP
La Guardia (LGA), New York, New York, USA
Terminal US 20:30
Albany (ALB), Albany, New York, USA 21:30

2. Traveler Information
Miss Olga Kalugina
Traveler passport number: 6504 746309
Confirmation booking number: 9J37K
Eco class

3. Summary of Trip Costs

roundtrip tickets
payment for documents
taxes
service Fee
travel Insurance

Travelers: 1

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Total Cost for Trip : $1336.40

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Aelita Travel, Moscow, Tsvetnoy bulvar 3/12. tel. (495)823-34-23
Fax (495)823-82-12
licence ? 0049334, 0048281

Now I want to let you know the information about my visa.
My work visa was created to allow people to come over there temporarily, mainly for
non-agricultural jobs. Up to 66,000 visas are issued every year. This year's annual quota has not yet been reached. Prospects are good that such visas will remai available in future years.
I should come to accept a temporary or seasonal non-agricultural job from an employer.
I have correct background, skills or natural abilities needed by the employer so it's possible for me to come.
I gathered all documents I need for my trip:
Labour certification in the Ministry of work and approval of Service of Immigration
Naturalization (form I-797)
the filled questionnaire (form DS-156).
The valid passport;
the original of the Notice on approval (Form I-797);
the documents confirming an operational experience in corresponding sphere.
The maximal stay in status of my visa should not exceed three years.
Minimal - 3 months.
I will work as a dance teacher! I have few suggestions but I will pick it up when I come to you! I want to be sure it's near your place! I've been told I can earn good money! I can't make final arrangements by internet because they want to know how well I dance and I can't show it by internet! If you want to hear my happy voice I can call you! Just tell me! You see I booked tickets and I need to buy it before my interview to get a visa. By the rules of your country to get a work visa I should collect all documents and book and pay for tickets. This type of visa is easy to approve because it's for work purposes. Many young people all over the world go to work to your country and receive good income. You know all my documents are ready so now I just need to buy roundtrip tickets. Please try to help me to pay for my tickets today. I'm asking for your help because - I didn't expect I will pay so much money for a plane tickets from Omsk to Moscow. Discounts were limited and I didn't plan this flight in advance so I couldn't get a discount. I didn't expect living expenses in Moscow are so high... I thought maybe I can but a one way ticket to your country but I need to buy roundtrip tickets, such are the rules to get a visa... You are my darling and I hope you will support me in good and bad times in my life and I'm ready to support you too.... I spent some money to but some souvenirs for you because I care about you so much. So I bought some stuff for tourists here.... I'm sure you will help me! I swear I will give the money back to you as soon as I earn it! I think about you only last days and I want to hug you as soon as I meet you in the Airport!!!!!!!!!!!! Please don't think I'm a silly girl! I was saving the money few months and everything went slowly till I met you in Internet. And after it I became like a crazy girl, I rushed to meet you and I want in a hurry to make the distance between us a little bit shorter. OK... maybe I'm a silly girl but I really want to meet you! I don't know why... I've never met you but I have a good feeling we will like each other! I just feel it! I have some money but it's not enough to pay for everything... documents, tickets, living and food expenses. Please send me 990 $ today and I will be able to complete my trip. I checked all ways to receive your help in my situation, you can't pay directly for tickets. To get a visa I should prove the my financial responsibility and make payments by myself. OK I will try to be short. The safest way to send the money is Western Union, this company is used by all countries and has a good reputation.
You should send 990 US dollars to
Russia
Moscow
My full name:
Olga Kalugina
I've been told it's enough information.

After it please write me:
The name of sender (your full name)
The MTCN number (money transfer control number)
I will go to any Western Union office which is close to me, show them my identification, say MTCN and pick up the money.
If you need the address of the closest to me Western Union office in Moscow it's address is
MASTER BANK
YASENEVAYA 39
MOSCOW , 115597
After it I will go to my interview and get a visa and we will be together soon. I'm sure we will like each other and we can probably stay together forever! I will prolong my visa or apply for a green card! Sorry my parents are paying for the education of my sister, they helped me as much as they could. OK! Everybody has difficulties in it's life! You know maybe women in Russia (and me too!) are not that world oriented... I don't know how to explain... I've never made any trips abroad... I don't have such experience. I come from a small city. I'm not a feminist girl, I'm ready to listen to my man and do everything he tells me. Maybe I'm too old traditioned? I don't know... I'm sure you will help me and we will meet each other and have a great time together! When I come to you I will listen to your advises and I will do everything you tell me! You are such a good man!

Forever yours,
Olga

P.S. I'm sending a photo, it was taken about one year ago by mom mother early in the morning. I hope someday we will wake up together and smile each other!!!!!!! I have many photos with me, when I come to you I want to show you some parts of my life.