You would think she came to that Chinese restaurant in the center of Kyiv to meet with someone as handsome as she is but that’s not the case. Two people are waiting for her in the corner – tall woman and a short bald man at least twenty years older then she is. His name is John and he is her today`s date.
Tall woman is an interpreter. She will translate everything John wishes to tell. And in fact he has a lot to tell and demonstrate! He will do everything to make an impression and J`s shy smile promises him a lot. All his deepest desires!
John talks about his home in California, about his favorite coffee from Starbucks and that he wants to buy a new house. He brought J. a present – French Perfumes she ordered in advance when they wrote each other long e-mails.
He believes J. is in his pocket. Could it be otherwise? He is a foreigner who came to save a girl from the cruel reality of Ukraine. To redeem this innocent creature from suffering! He would be happy to do so! Of course he will be happy – the girl is pretty and young!
The conversation continues. He is almost making a proposal and then goes to the CW for a moment.
An interpreted and J. speak to each other both in Ukrainian and Russian:
“Don’t order wine. In your e-mails you wrote you don’t drink at all”, says an interpreter.
“And why would I write something like that?”, J. is a little bit irritated.
“Because he wrote he is looking for a girl not drinking at all”, responds tall woman.
In fact, she is the one who wrote that long e-mails to John. J. is just a pretty photo, a cover for the whole story. She would come to the meeting only if she gets something out of it. Usually it is the money marriage agency would pay for the meeting but this time the girl was promised to get a perfume and a specific one – Chanel №5.
He was lucky – his wife knew English. Viki doesn’t. But he still wants to give her a chance. He likes her character.
“He likes that she is sexy, fit and pretty”, some people would say.
The truth is he doesn’t know her character at all because it wasn’t Viki responding to messages. It was an interpreter from the agency. This lady has a special folder on every girl with basic information: food preferences, hobbies, children, education, work etc. She just copies and pastes sentences from that folder into messages she will sent to girl`s fellows.
Ira seems to be different. She knows English very well and really wants to meet “the one”. She's imagining a prince who will choose her and she will choose him and they will live happily ever after. And, and, and they will day in one day! Isn't that great?
Ira has been dating foreigners for the last three months and her excitement slowly goes down: “They either arrogant or old. And very often these men believe I would do everything to marry him. I can see that look on their faces.
I don’t mind finding my soul mate. But he should treat me properly, prove his worthiness. All the dirt I can easily find in my own country. I am looking for something special”.
Usually “special” means with a nice car, house and a job. And of appropriate age. But that’s what women all over the world want and those “perfect” candidates are rare birds. A man has to have good reasons to fly over the ocean to find a wife.
J. tells all that stories during her lunch. In two hours she has to meet her Ukrainian boyfriend and go shopping. She wants to marry him but he still didn’t make a proposal. That nuisances her a little. For her dating with foreigners is not such a big deal. But she prefers to keep it her small secret.
J. explains that every girl in the agency knows prices for dates. Officially it is called: “money for a cab”. It means that in the end of the date she will politely tell him she needs money for the taxi and the man has to pay for her cab. And in this case it is not good a bad sign. A woman may like a man very much. But she will still ask for money for a cab.
“A girl has to eat”, repeats J. time to time. And basically she is right. In the end a girl does need to eat.