Yelan' Travel Guide

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    Yelan on the map of Rostov region
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Yelan' Things to Do

  • Have a Picnic in the Woods

    During our visit to the Quincentenary Oak we chose a place in the woods to pause for a picnic.We had some food and sat down to eat a bit and to talk.It was a great experience.

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  • Meet the Pilgrims

    Since the khutor of Yelan is very small, liturgies at the local church are not frequent.You can follow the liturgy schedule and read the information on the board located on the church fence.The biggest liturgy is St.John the Evangelist's Day - the Feast Day of the local church.We were privileged and honored to attend that holiday in October 2009...

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  • Explore School Street

    School Street is the main street of Yelan.There are two other streets: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Round Street~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Free Street~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~School Street leads to the century-old school building. There was an elementary school there, but now only three school students have remained, so the school was closed and the students are taken...

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Yelan' Restaurants

  • School Street

    There is no restaurant or bar in this village.We had a fine welcome as pilgrims at the church hotel in School Street. I called the hotel St.John's after the name of the church - - - - - - - - (¯`'•.¸•°▪♥ ♥▪°•¸.•'´¯) - - - - - - -St.John the Evangelist's Church- - - - - - -(¯`'•.¸•°▪♥ ♥▪°•¸.•'´¯) - - -...

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  • Pilgrims' Lunch

    We were among more than 150 pilgrims who were treated to traditional lunch after the liturgy on the Feast Day of St.John the Evangelist in the yard of the church bearing the name of the Great Disciple. Golden soup, porridge, fish soup

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Yelan' Nightlife

  • Evening Contemplation

    We sat outside our hotel and comtemplated looking at the night sky.We were thinking of the events of the day and spoke about them sharing our impressions.After the priest had left, we were invited to supper to the priest's house.The house has two rooms and lots of icons on the walls.It was more like a family supper.We pronounced prayers and shared...

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  • Tranquil and Safe

    The nightlife in this khutor is limited to - eating and drinking at home or at your friends';- listening to music at home;- watching TV with your local friends; - star watching outside;- sitting on the bench that many houses have at their entrance.We went outside and sat on the bench in the yard to watch the stars and the Moon, breathe the fresh...

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Yelan' Transportation

  • By Bus to Yelan

    At present the only way to get to Yelan is by bus #329 Luhansk-Yuganovka that departs from 50 Years of October Block (East End of Luhansk).The bus departs from Miami Store&bar four times a day:7.30 a.m.11 a.m.2.30 p.m.5.30 p.m.You have to walk about 8 miles directly pass Manotsky Farmstead towards the old railway station, across the forest towards...

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  • Cathedral Dean's Horses

    We were privileged to be taken to Yelan by a horse-drawn cart sent by Father Sergius, the cathedral dean.I have seen such carts during every stay in this village.They are usually used for cargoes, for example, I saw them deliver materials for decoration of the church in such carts.I couldn't help approaching the hard-working horses and asked the...

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  • A Horse-Drawn Cart

    There is little traffic on the roads in Yelan.A horse-drawn cart still remains a very reliable kind of transportation around the village, although very rare.If you are lucky and see one, why not ask the owner to give you a lift?It's a great experience I am sure.

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Yelan' Shopping

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  • At the Market

    The railway station market is open from 11 a.m. to noon when the train to Luhansk departs.The passengers who arrive from Luhansk and those who depart to Luhansk can do some shopping there.Although it is Russia, you can pay with Ukrainian hryvnias here. Milk, cottage cheese, pork fat, meat, mushrooms, drinks and what not. 50-100 UAH

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  • Village Shops

    There are two shops in the village: a state one near the old school in School Street and a private one located on the opposite shore of the pond.The state shop has a special work schedule: it is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. till lunchtime.The private store is open every day.There is no vodka on sale in the private store. They...

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Yelan' Local Customs

  • Evening Liturgy

    On October 8, on the eve of the Feast Day, there is an evening liturgy that starts at 4 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. and is then followed by dinner. All pilgrims are invited to dinner in the church courtyard where they also get directed to their private lodgings in the village. The cathedral dean Father Sergius provides pilgrims with transportation...

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  • Silver Poplar

    There are several silver poplars (Populus alba) in the village, the majority of them are in the main street - School Street.The locals explain that those trees were planted by schoolboys in Soviet times during the Plant-A-Tree campaign.The poplars were planted in the Stalin era. In those times Joseph Stalin was often compared with a silver poplar:...

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  • Revere St.John the Evangelist

    The liturgy dedicated to St.John the Evangelist, the Great Disciple, the Disciple of Love, lasts for about two hours and is followed by a cross procession around the church.Father Sergiy conducts the service assisted by a number of priests and two nuns from a nearby nun's monastery.

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Yelan' Warnings and Dangers

  • Silent Hunting

    Lots of people like gathering wild mushrooms. They call it silent hunting.We have never seen any silent hunter on our way to Yelan and back from it because the silent hunting is done in the forest located on the other side of the railway road.But last time a strange thing happened.We went to the railway station on foot to be in time for our train...

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  • Roads in the Fall

    Roads in Yelan are a great disappointment.They tend to be broken by the fall.After the harvest is gathered and all the agricultural machines have ceased breaking the local roads we, pedestrians, could see the result of their tireless activities in summer: broken roads full of pits and puddles.Since the soil is sandy, it is hard for a heavy tractor...

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  • Forest Fire

    One hot sunny day a lightning struck a pine-tree and as a result there was a huge fire.Pine-trees caught fire and burnt like candles...Now the forest around the khutor looks devastated...Therefore nobody may make a fire or smoke in the forest.Be careful when sauntering about the nearby forest.The consequences of fire have not been eliminated yet.

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Yelan' Tourist Traps

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    When you find out there is a pond here, you will feel like bathing, especially on a hot summer day.
    We went to the pond in the afternoon and saw there were very few people bathing there: only some seasonal residents who have datchas there. They didn't seem to care about the bottom covered with silt. I would. Therefore we decided not to take any risk and just to stand on the beach and do some people watching.
    There is a table on the beach where you can sit and have a picnic.
    I saw some local children bathing on the opposite shore. I am sure they know "a cleaner place", although I doubt if there is any.You can watch my short video of the old pond here.
    You can hear Gregory's voice at the end. He says,"There used to be lots of geese and ducks here, but now there is none..."

    Unique Suggestions: After you pluck up your courage and dive into the old pond, run to your local friends' house and take a shower.
    Ira, Lena's daughter, told us it was the way the local bathe in the pond.

    Fun Alternatives: Why not simply sit on the beach?
    People watching is what we did at the beach, although I had swimming pants with me and intended to bathe there. Upon seeing the water I decided not to.
    There is a table on the beach where you can merely sit, have a picnic and enjoy the views.

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Yelan' What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: I had two bags with me with all the stuff I needed.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The soil is sandy, so tennis shoes are OK here.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take whatever you might need with you, do not leave anything behind.
    It's a very rural area of Russia and you might not be able to buy what you need here.
    Toilet paper is a good idea.

    Photo Equipment: I had my digital camera Samsung ES25 and I wishes I had a handicam there.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you intend to bathe, take your bathing suit with you.
    A good mountaineering rope attached to your rucksack would be a good idea.
    Carrying a rope would enable you to tie up a tipsy hooligan if need be...

    Miscellaneous: a torch is a must here since there are no street lights and you might have to go out at night.

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Yelan' Off The Beaten Path

  • Elder Philip's House

    During our second pilgrimage we also paid a visit to the former Elder Philip's House at 19 School Street.The villagers say Elder Philip used to come to the village quite often. He was offered that house to stay in when he had a longer stay in Yelan.The house dates back to Cossack times when Yelan was a big Cossacks stanitsa.There is also an old...

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  • The Village Bridge

    There is only one bridge in Yelan.It is mounted across the ravine near the pond.You will cross it during your hike around the lake.

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  • Visiting Old Cossacks Houses

    There are several old Cossacks houses in the khutor, but this one in Free Street is the most outstanding of all.You can see it is lavishly decorated and has a big verandah. Also, as its owner Nina told us, it has a large sitting-room.Philip of Luhansk used to be a guest of this house too.

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Yelan' Sports & Outdoors

  • A Morning Walk

    Why not take a walk along the main street and to the surrounding hills?It's so nice to enjoy the quiet morning atmosphere...Get ready to take tons of nice pictures or videos of the cattle on the pasture or of a pheasant flying out of her nest. good walking shoes and a great camera

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  • A Hike Around the Lake

    Walking and hiking around the lake is a good idea.There are paths, but not all around the lake. Some parts of the shore are like jungles.If you are lucky enough, you can see a pheasant fly out of his/her nest one day. I heard and saw a male pheasant fly out of his nest when I was on my way to the private store... I must have scared him. It was a...

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Yelan' Favorites

  • Come Again!

    - Visiting the places where Philip of Luhansk used to walk and meeting Euphrossinia Bodrukhina in whose house he used to stay in the thirties;- praying at St.John the Evangelist Church; - people's hospitality;- fresh air;- clear and cold spring water;- talking to local people;- riding my friend's bike along School Street.

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  • Present-Day Yelan

    There are two gas pipes on the territory of Yelan, but no gas in the village itself.The villages have to make reserves of firewood and coal for the cold winter.There is a gas deposit not far from Yelan. Tarassovsky County is well-known for its gas reserves.There are only three streets in Yelan:School StreetFree StreetRound StreetThe maling code is...

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  • Meet Renold

    The church Feast Day is also a good opportunity to make friends with pilgrims from different places.I was glad to meet Renold Abramenko who lives in Round Street in Yelan.He is a cheerful 80-years-old man. I approached him seeing his badge of the Ukrainian National Journalists' Union. Mr.Abramenko used to be a journalist of an agricultural...

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St.John the Evangelist's Church
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Visiting the Old School
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Pray at the Quincentenary Oak
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St.Nickolas the Miracle-Maker
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Cross Procession
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Crusession Cross
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People Watching at the Beach
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