Dear Ludmilla,

Just writing to say thanks for everything.  This was not my first trip to Russia (as you know), but it was certainly the best and most rewarding.  Beyond the great programs, music events and touristic outings what made the visit truly memorable was the range of people we met.  It’s difficult to list such "intangibles" when justifying travel to supervisors, but they can be vital, and my work has already benefited from your tremendous and generous networking skills.  I also want to thank you for translating my talk—a tough job I know, and I’m afraid that due to nervousness I may have neglected to do this publicly.  Apologies, if so!  From the interesting feedback, I sensed the talk went over well.  Hope you had a pleasant return journey and are now enjoying a stressless holiday weekend.

All best,