Letter(s) from Tatyana Zolotova to Brian (USA)

Letter 1


I'm so excited to write you again!!!!!!!!!! I'm in St-Petersbug!
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 ))))
St-Petersbug is a really big city! I've been told the population of St-Petersbug is about 10 million of people! From the Airport I went by bus...
it was so long way... about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
I've seen so many nice places in St-Petersbug while going by bus!

When I got off the plane in the St-Petersbug 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 63 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 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 right.

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've been told I may have all further information about my trip after tomorrow.

As soon as I learn it I will write you an email!!!
I don't have enough time now to write more things.
Your, Marina

Letter 2

Brian! 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!
St- Petersburg 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 Thursday, April 26, 2007.
I really hope to be on that plane.
Today I was given the flight information. Here it is:

Information for Marina Murasheva
"Karnaval-Travel-LTD", Vadim Tarasevich.
St-Petersburg, Kuznechnyi pereulok 45 ,office 569.
data flight: Thursday, April 26, 2007

Departure: 17:35 St Petersburg, Russia - Pulkovo, terminal 2
Arrival: 18:05 London, United Kingdom - Heathrow, terminal 1
Airline: British Airways BA879

Departure: 19:35 London, United Kingdom - Heathrow, terminal 3
Arrival: 22:40 Toronto, Canada - Pearson International, terminal 1
Airline: Royal Jordanian RJ9859

Please use our service.
Best regards. Manager|Vadim Tarasevich.
Price: USD 1250.00 + Roundtrip 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 Novosibirsk to St-Petersburg costed so much (about 550$)
because it's so far from St-Petersburg. 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 aerflot (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.
eally 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 or MoneyGram
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 or MoneyGram in St-Petersburg.
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 : St-Petersburg,
Address : Dumskaja 152-59,
post code : 191011
Full name : Marina Murasheva

I have about 650 US dollars. Please try to send about 600 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 St-Petersburg and help me! your Marina