I hired Tanya to work for me as an executive assistant and eventually added cash transactions and bookkeeping duties for an EU funded project. So really, from my first days in Ukraine we were together all the time. We worked well together and Tanya was a big help to me for 3 years. I delegated quite a bit of authority to her, which I could do only if I trusted her. For example, she had access my bank account that was used for project transactions and she made cash transactions for the project (many ‘000 USD).
She was and still is, I think, a bike fanatic. On the 2nd or 3rd bike trip in early spring 2014, in a wooded area on the edge of Kyiv, we stopped our bikes for one reason or another, and she kissed me. I remember the scene carefully. She was very playful, but there was no question that the kiss was choreographed in her head, and she was creating an image for me to remember. I was suitably entranced and a strange emotional bond was created– one that caused me a great deal of pain and, in the end, the same for her (something she would never admit to anyone).
Not long after the original kiss, after another biking trip, we returned to my flat after biking and she took a shower. Sometime later that week she wrote to me an email, where the shower was mentioned. Olya V hacked my account and read it. She was with my mother in Florida, introducing Marta to the grandparents and family in the US. Olya went ballistic after reading the emaii. To be honest, I don’t remember the first time that Tanya and I made love. It is possible that this shower episode was before we started sleeping together. But the fact that Olya read this email and reacted agressively pushed the separation to a divorce. Looking at the pictures of Tanya makes me remember the good times. I suppose all of us prefer to remember only the good times.
Our first trip to the Crimea for biking must have been April 2005. This picture is at the beginning of our relationship, and she is visiting my flat. She is thinking a lot about what she wants, and if it’ll be good or not.