Letter(s) from Elena Stepanova to Menno (Netherlands)

Letter 1

Hi, .........
Thanks a lot for your nice letter!
I think that it’s time to know each other better! You already know that my name is Marina.
Unfortunately I have never ben abroad but its my childish dream!
Do you like my name? I think that it’s not so important for you, am I right? OK, sometimes I’m funny but sometimes I’m just ridiculous, so you can tell me if I’m saying stupid things!
My native town is Donetsk that’s in Ukraine. There is nothing special I my city, so if you don’t mind I will not tell you much about it. If you have any questions you can ask, don’t be shy!
So now I’m 25 and I’m working as a manager of small trade firm in our city. I’m not sure if I like it at all. But time will show...
I like my work but of course I don’t want to work here for the rest of my life, I want something more, but now it’s just a dream. But one day this dream will come true; I just must wait for some time!
So I like sea, red, purple and violet colours, snow and the sun shine in the rainy day! It’s just so beautiful! Also I like to spend time with my friends, read detectives and watch reality shows.
I forgot!!! Guess what I like the best?? Yes of course I like music! I like r’n’b, pop and pop-rock styles. For instance Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicole Scherzinger, Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake. Can you tell me what do you like in music?
Maybe you wanna ask me why I decided to find a friend or beloved in a foreign country, why not in Ukraine? It’s very simple!
I already have many friends here and I know what they are thinking about, what they are talking about, their interests and their opinions. So I just want to know more about living abroad, your preferences and your thoughts as for many questions. I can’t say exactly that there are no good guys here and that they are spoiled with women’s attention. No, it’s not true. I’ve met many simple and cute men, but there was no man which had a purpose in his life and wanted to reach it. There were no pivots in them.
I hope you understand what I’m talking about. And they didn’t have great sense of humour that I like in men the best. So I decided why not? Maybe you will become special for me? Maybe you will make me smile? Who knows…
You know, in a man I value a sense of humour, honesty and kindness. And he must be easy going to forgive me all stupid things I do!J
And I don’t wanna be one of many; I wanna be the one for him. Is it possible? I really don’t know. But I know that there are no impossible things in whole world! I’m sure. What do you think about it? Recently I could lie to people which I appreciate and which I love. I’ve just told them stupid things and could be rude with them. But now I understand that we must answer for every word we say and must value what we have.
I think you agree with me as for this question.
So enough about me! Why you’re not interrupting me, I’m talking too much! Now it’s your turn to tell me about yourself!...............

Letter 2

Hi,my dear!
Thank you for your reply,
I was happy to receive it from you,
To tell you the truth,
I like communicating with people that's why I have lots of friends. They say I'm a kind- hearted and very romantic person. I am one of those who fall in love easily, but it can be sometimes very disappointing, you know. It's just that I notice only good things about people and when it comes out that they are far not so nice as they seem to be, it's usually rather painful.
The point is that I believe people easily and, unfortunately, sometimes I get betrayed. Still, I believe that there are more good people and that you are one of them. I long for a serious relationship, beautiful and romantic, with flowers and candle light dinners, with meeting a sunrise together, talking about love. I want a nice cozy house and a man, strong, kind- hearted, romantic and honest( just like you, I'm sure) who would be always near. I want us to be real soul mates, to share all laughs and sorrows together. I'm ready to do everything for a beloved person, to be not only a lover for him, but also a friend and a companion who is always ready to help and to solve all the problems together. And I don't really care if the man of my dream will be from another country, or a person of another nationality or culture, because for real love sky's the limit. There are only three things that I hate about people, it's when they are not honest, or cruel, or greedy.
These features make me feel really nasty, moreover that I've met many such people in my life.
Of course, I'm sure that you are not the man of that kind, and, if you share my views and want to have serious relationship with a person like me, let us try to do this.
Maybe, we are meant to be together?
Faithfully yours, Marina.

Letter 3

HI, my honey,
I wanna see you so much!
Thank you very much for your reply, I'm very happy that you're serious about me and want us to meet.
I wanna ask you if you would be happy to see me in your place?
I wanna travel to you, you know, its my childish dream to travel somewhere abroad!
What do you think about it? I would be very happy to see you and to travel to you!
Tell me your thoughts about it...
I want you to know that I'm very serious with you and not playing games here, I hope you're very serious and sincere with me too, i dont want to be hurted one day...
You know long time ago I could dash the words and don’t think about that, but now I understand that we have to pay for every word. I know that there are no princes on the white horses. There are no crystal castles. The eternal summer is impossible and there is no country of eternal happiness. And I even know that we all are lonely in our souls.
First of all every woman wants to see in a man the personality. Because this man is always thinking about what he can give his wife and his children. It’s very sad but nowadays many men don’t think about what will be in the future and what is in the present. How is it possible to build with them families? How is it possible to trust them? I’ve never belonged to a type of women who try to hold a man with any price. I value a comfort, a stability and a soul balance
in the relationship, you know. Its a real love. How do you think?
Waiting for your reply, kiss you, Marina.

Letter 4

Hey, my darling,
thank you for your reply,
I was happy that you want to see me in your place!
It would be great to travel to you, my dream will come true very soon!
I wanna ask you when do you have holidays?
I can tale a holiday in the end of February or in the beginning of March. What do you think about it?
Of course you can call me on this number: +3 8050 280 23 77.
I would be happy to hear your voice!
I must confess that I am missing you more and more, I dream about you and me together, watching TV lying on the soft sofa, and looking outside window, where it is warm and sunny. Maybe its wrong, but I do.
I hope that very soon we will be together, you and me...
And the whole world belongs to us...
My dearest, how life treats you, what interesting happened to you these days when we were away from each other?
I do not know what I would do if there would no Internet existing. How could we find each other?
I am afraid to imagine that I would live without a thought that you exist somewhere.
I know that I was waiting for your during all my life...
I miss you, please, write me sooner!
With love,
Yours Marina.

Letter 5

Hi, my honey,
how are you there? Hope you're fine and have a great mood today!
I was very happy to know that you want me to come to you and that you're very excited to see me in your place!
my honey, I was in a travel agency and they told me that the best way for me to travel to you is to buy a tour there. In this case there will be no problems with getting a visa.
but when they told me the price of this tour I was shocked...
It consists of a passport which will cost me 130 Euro, a visa which will cost 186 Euro, and insurance will cost 45 Euro and the tickets are about 800 Euro as
you told me.
I'm ashamed to tell you this but its very high price for me.
I dont know what to do...I even cant borrow such big sum of money form my friends and parents, I'm in despair now... I wanna ask you of you could help my to pay for this, I'm not pushing you, I just wanna be together with you, my darling...
Let me know what you think of it, kiss you, miss you, Marina.

Letter 6

My darling,

how are you there? Hope you're well and thinking only about me all the time as I'm thinking of you.
You know, I asked my parents and they can borrow me 90 Euro, but that's all, you must understand that its too much for me to pay for such trip, but if you can help me I would be vert grateful to you, my honey.
If you're not ready for it, I will understand you, dont worry.
I miss you, waiting for your reply, Marina.