Letter(s) to Jose (Spain)

Letter 1

Hello,
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 Medvedevo. 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 Medvedevo 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:)
Ulyana

Letter 2

Hello,
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.
Ulyana

Letter 3

Hello
Thanks for answers to all my questions. I hope that some of them for
The example about history things did not seem strange for you, and you have told
Anything only beeing scared to be impolite:)
I thought, that my last letter, could seem, would be strange as when I speak
People something about history and about that, how much is pleasant to me it. They think
That I am too clever and that I have read too many books. I do not know why
But in my city people do not like an ale of the kid which they like to read and
Especially the youth, apparently, is ashamed of it. To speak the truth I do not do
Understand such people. But anyways it - completely a personal thing to
Choose a hobby and things strongly to wish on. Thus I can tell, that I appreciate
That you thought of me being sharp on history of my country completely normal:)
With each letter I understand, that I like your individuality more and more.
And I feel, that I wish to tell to you about me directly, and I wish to know more
And it is more about you. By the letter of my first letter I thought only about
The friendship and as remarkable there would be due to be it to have the close friend who
Lives far form you, but the distance would not have value. I think that we
Reached it. Speaking to you a usual thing about me directly I have understood
That I can tell to you all about the life, the feelings and the soul.
And I am ready to speak not about usual things only. Also that it is more
Important I wish to study your soul and your deep feelings. But then I
Caught directly on one question. Unless it would not be more than friendship?
What do you think? As I am afraid not to understand to death
You … when I do not understand something in you of the letter, I consult
The dictionary! In this week end I am going to visit my grandmother. I have not mentioned it
Speaking about my family. It does not mean, that I do not like it or
Something. This situation is only a little difficult with it. Mine
Name of the grandmother - Anna. And to it - 82 years. It - my mum
Mother and it there live in a countryside approximately 100 kilometres from
Sernur. The long period of time my mum and my grandmother did not speak in
All of them were in huge struggle. It was all because of my daddy. Mine
The grandmother did not like it, form very much the beginning, and she has told to my mum
It if she has married it, she never would speak with it. My mum has not made
Listen to my great mother, it was young and it was required to be independent.
So finally she has married my daddy, and my grandmother did not speak with it.
She at all did not visit us when I was born. After my daddy has left us,
My mum had difficulties to earn money to feed me and is direct … that time
My grandmother has rescued us, she has offered us, the help and my mum have accepted it. So
My mum has told, that she regretted, that did not listen to my grandmother and the form
Then and now my grandmother, regret for it, only she knows that is better
For my mum and me also. Also know, that I sometimes feel inconvenient when
I visit her, as my grandmothers continue to say to me what to make in my life
And how to live. She says, that if my mum listened to it, it would not be
Made, that a huge error. But at the same time I say to it, that I would not be
Be born also. Thus I wish to live my life, and I wish to make mine
Errors. Thus I love the grandmother, and she is a good person as she wants
I to be happy. But I become frequent tired from hearing of its conversation about
That I should make. She thinks, and she will always think, that I - it
The small grand daughter who requires its help. I think, that I should tell it when
I was the child whom I only liked to come to my house of the grandmother and to spend
The whole summer on there.it was the happiest period of academic year. I
Had a vacation of 3 months in the summer. I spend the whole summer with mine
The friends floating in the river, going to the wood collecting mushrooms
And berries, building our own house from branches and certainly game
The various games beginning with, disappear, and searches and much many other things. I can
Tell, that I had a happy childhood. How was yous? Tell to me the brightest
The moments and memoirs which you had. All mine are connected with school
Summer vacations which I have spent in the house of the grandmother.
And even now I try to visit my grandmother often. Irrespective of the fact how it reaches To speak with it. I appreciate everything, that it has made for me when I It was young, and now I try to make everything, that is possible for it. I Help it round the house and with its garden, and make much f another Things. Also I cannot stop to enjoy the nature. A place, where mine Lives of the grandmother have only a magnificent nature around. I like it in everyone Season in the winter, spring, summer and in the autumn. I weaken supervision Beautiful trees and the bushes covered with snow in the winter, or colours And the leaves, growing in the spring and in the summer, and leaves yellow, red and The orange colours falling from trees in territory of autumn. If I begin Describing all beauty of that nature of a place it would take me a little We … does not want, that you were bothered according to my letter.
While I am closed. And as usual hope the letter from you to see fast
Ulyana

Letter 4

Hello Jose.
How are you?
Yes, I wish to arrive to you.
I know that the trip will cost 1500 USD.
If you help me I will arrive to you.
You agree?
Ulyana.

Letter 5

Hello my dear Jose! I am again very glad to receive your new letter. I waited when I at last will finish my work and I will come to the cafe Internet. I thought of us with you in a current of this day much. We really should to meet soon. I very much wait to meet you. Dear today I was in bank and have found out about that as you can transfer money. To me have informed that the fastest and reliable way to send money it Western Union or MoneyGramm. As to me have told in bank that through MoneyGramm will transfer much more cheaply money. Here given which money will be necessary to transfer to you to me.
My full name: Ulyana Saukina
My city: Medvedevo
My country Russia.
If at you will be what be problems inform me. Dear I hope that already very soon I can begin registration of my papers and soon to be with you. I really wish to arrive to USA to meet you. It is a pity that you are not present right now near to me. It will be remarkable if we with you already in the end of next month can be together. I spoke with my mum about that that I will soon arrive to you. It is very glad to it. My mum also hopes once to meet you. I hope that once we with you can arrive to Russia together. Unfortunately now I should run. Write to me soon. Yours Ulyana.