Letter(s) from Ulyana to Tom (USA)

Letter 1

Hello Tom,
It is a nice surprise for me to see your answer. Right now we know practically nothing about each other, we are like open books for each other. And i'm glad that I have possibility to know a person from another country and to get to know how your life is.
I think it is extremely interesting getting to know new people.
As I'm sociable and communicative , I hope we'll get along and we'll find some common points and a lot of topics to talk about.
So... I'm 27 years old and I'm single and I have no kids.
I live in a very small city it is called Yoshkar-Ola. It's more like a village I can say. A lot of young people do not want to live in villages like min and they move to big cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Ekaterinburg and others. I have not been to all of these cities but I've been to Moscow and St Petersburg and I cannot say that I want to live there. These cities are beautiful and have a lot of interesting historical places but at the same time they are huge. and people live there not noticing each other. And for myself I want to have dear people and my friends around and I do not want to live with people that do not notice me at all. That's why I can say that I like Yoshkar-Ola for its itimate atmosphere of a small town. And what is the city you live in like? How big is it? And do you want to stay there for the rest of your life or you wouldn't mind to move to another place? As for me I wouldn't mind to move somewhere but I need at least one true friend around and I think I can be happy in any place in the world. As my city is not big ,it is not easy to find a decent job. I think that I am lucky as I found one. I'm a shop-assistant in the furniture store. I have a normal 8 hours working day for a Russian man. I work from 8 o'clock in the morning till 5 o'clock in the evening and I have 1 hour of a lunch break usually from 12 to 1 o'clock in the afternoon. I like my job in general but I'm not sure that I want to do that all my life and I night to try myself in other fields some time later. As any person in the world I have my family. Right now it consists only from my mom and me. we are happy family because we love each other and we always support each other. My mom's name is Aleftina, she is 59 years old and she doesn't work right now as she is too old for that. she is on the government pension. My dady left my mom when I was about 2 years old and I haven't seen him from that time. So actually I don't remember him at all. My mom told me about how he was when they were young but she herself hasn't seen him since the time of a break-up. He seems to disappear somehow. I don't really want to talk much about that as I do not understand why my father did that way and why I am turned out to be to blame in their break-up. I worried a lo about that a lot when I was teenager but now I seem to get over that. What is your family story? Is your family big or small? How do you get along? Do you have a lot of relatives in you city or live somewhere all by yourself? And do you visit your relatives that are live far away from you? I'm asking so many questions about your family because I think that this information might give me the basic knowledge about you as all of us are children of our parents and we are the "product" of our own family traditions. For example I do not drink or smoke and I can say that I have no bad habits and it is all due to my mom. She was always an example to follow. I' have never seen her smoking or drinking alcohol. She could drink only a glass of Champaign or wine while celebrating big holidays or when inviting a lot of friends over. Also when I was small my mom always explained to me how harmful for our health smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and drugs are. So in my example the influence of my mom in my life is huge and what is in your case? How your parents influenced your life?
Oh, it is 9 o'clock in the evening already and the internet cafe; is about to close. By the way computer with the internet is still a luxurious thing in our small town (it is different with big citites), so majority of population who need internet go to inernet cafe;. We have several of them. Can you imagine that took me an hour to write this letter?I came to the internet cafe; when it was 8 'clock in the evening and it is 9 already. Time flies. It took me much longer than I thought it would , it is probably because ihave to translate everything I want to say in Russian into English and I want to say it right in English:) I don't want us to have any misunderstandings because of he language barrier. So please if you don't understand anything that I wrote feel free to ask me, I won't be offended and I'm open to answer any questions:)
One more in conclusion I want to say that I'm glad that to see a letter from you in my mailbox and I hope you would like to continue writing letters.
It would be very nice to get the answer from you soon and to start getting to know you:)

Letter 2

Hello Tom!
I wanted to say good evening but then I thought that I don't know in what part of the day you will read my letter. and if you read it in the morning and I will great you with "good evening" it will sound strange , won't it?:)
Well, that is not something that I'm supposed to start the letter I guess. anyways.
I was glad to see a letter from you again and I'm glad that you decided to continue our writing letters.
I would like that you knew me more and I also wish to know you better.
My family is on the first place for me and it plays an very important role in my life.
Second place takes up my job. My job is something that give me a chance to express myself and of course to earn money for living and it helps me to be independent.
I'm a shop-assistant in the furniture store.
My job is not artistic, I'm not a designer of furniture i'm not making it. I just sell the items that other people created. But anyways I don't think that my job is no important. My job is to help people to create the comfort in their homes and to give them advices if they ask for that. The store is not very big, but a lot of people in the city know it as we sell good and not expensive furniture. And not high price give us a lot of customers. They are all different and my job is to find a key to each customer that step in our store. This is some kind of psychological work I think. And I like it all. It is very easy for me to work with people. I enjoy the process of choosing furniture and just talking to people. And what is your job related to? Do you work with people or somewhere in the office with the computer? Could you describe your duties for example or your every day work? I had a funny customer a few days ago. He wanted to buy bookshelves. He didn't want to get the ordinary ones, they got to be special in some way. At the same time he didn't know exactly what he wanted and he didn't have enough money to get the help of professional designer. So he was running arounf the sore explaining the size of the room and the places where the bed, the table and the sofa were, describing the color of the room and other details. And he needed my help, other shop-assistants came to look at that show:) and they were laughing at that man's manner explaining everything ! that was very funny!:) after about half an hour of the show he stopped and asked if I can advise anything? I sowed him the shelves that were oval and he liked them. Yesterday he came with a box of sweets and told me that the shelves that I picked suited perfectly well in his room. I was very glad with him and with the job done too:) I told you that my job takes the second place in my life and right now it is so. But to tell the truth I want it not to be more important than love. At this very moment I don't have man that I can fall in love with. And I was looking for that kind of man very hard in Russia but unfortunately I haven't met any. Don't think that I'm very independent woman who doesn't need a man. It's not so. I need someone who will protect and support me and who I can take care about. One of my friends had the same problems and a few years ago she met a nice man in the internet and after some time of writing letters to each other she visited him and didn't come back. They ended up marrying and she seems to be very happy. I'm emailing her form time to time and I see the joy that is in all of her letters. Till the latest time I thought that I was to find my love in Russia but now I came to conclusion that it doesn't matter which country people are from if they understand each other and if they have common topics to talk about. I have no experience talking to foreigner but I like it so far with you:) and let me know what do you think of it? Have you talked to a lot of different women from other countries? If yes, how was it? Was it difficult because of the different mentalities? Or may be this just added peculiarity to the communication?:) For me personally it is very exciting talking to you, to a person that have totally different life and another way of thinking though at the same time all the people no matter where they live in Africa, Indonesia, India, Japan or Brasilia have a lot in common: everybody dreams about true love, everybody needs to have a true friend, everybody wants to be successful in something and so on. I can name a lot of things that are common for all people in the world. So tell me if you are interested to know more about me after reading this letter and I will be happy to do that. I like telling about my life if one wants to know about it, I'm not shy or not talkative(I hope you have already noticed that:)) I can answer your questions if you have any and I still waiting the answers to mine:)
Thanks for giving your time for reading my letters and writing the answers. I appreciate it.