After many hours of internet access during a couple years and viewing thousands of single Russian and Ukrainian lady's profiles, I finally found the lady of my dreams - so I thought. We emailed occasionally and talked mostly by phone for over six months before I flew to Saint Petersburg, Russia for a 10 day trip to meet her in person during high season. A $3,000 dollar 10 day trip to Russia to meet the lady of my dreams ended instantly in disaster as soon as we met. I got off the plane where she was kind enough to meet me at the airport. When we met, I went to give her a hug and a kiss on the cheek she cringed and tightened up all over. I knew instantly it was over and we would never be a match. I would have gotten back on the plane if I could have. It took her a couple days to realize it. We did become friends if that's any consolation.
The point is I made the biggest mistake you can make by not taking a Singles Tour so I would have other ladies to meet while I was there or at least go at the same time as a tour so I could meet other ladies just in case it did not work out with the lady - and it usually doesn't. You really don't know until you actually meet in person, no matter how long you two have been writing or calling each other.
Bottom Line: Always take a Singles Tour with a credible company even though you will go to meet your special lady or if you go by yourself, ALWAYS go at the same time as a Singles Tour. If it does not work out with your lady you can easily pay a fee to attend the Singles Tour so your whole trip is not a complete waste like mine was.
I did manage to arrange a couple introductory dates through local agencies but it is nothing like just showing up for the Tour and being sociable to meet many selected, high quality ladies right in one spot who want to meet and talk with you.
I don't think anyone can beat an experience like that. Just watch some tour videos for yourself and you will see what I mean. I'll never make that mistake again. Don't learn the hard way like me unless you have the time and $3 grand to burn.