The museum is located at 2 Sovietskaya Street next to the village council building.It occupies an old Cossack's house that was rebuilt to house the museum.The museum exhibitions occupy four small rooms and are full of interesting exhibits, among them an ancient unbroken pot found in a burial mould near the village, a lot of old agricultural...more
You can't fail to see the war memorial when you approach the village history museum.It is located in front of the village club that is neglected and lies in ruins now.The club was closed when the Soviet times were over.The village school is the only remaining cultural hub at present. 340 villagers went to the front during the Second World war,...more
There is no other public place to sit and talk over beer except the local store in Sovietskaya Street.
This is where you can sit at the available two or there tables inside the store and enjoy your meal and drinks with your local friends.
In fine weather young people prefer to sit outside on the entrance bench that is to the right of the entrance door or simlpy sit on improvised benches at the ruins of the former kindergarten located next to the store.
Favorite Dish: whatever starter you might buy at the store (sausage, bread and butter, etc.)
There are a couple of tables in the store in Svietskaya Street where you can sit and consume the beer you have bought here.
In fine weather young people prefer to sit outside on the entrance bench or at the ruins of the former kindergarten located next to the store.
Dress Code: casual
The village has no railway station.
They use the railway station of the county center - Nodoaydar - that is about 15 miles away.
You can get to the village by bus from Luhansk.
There is a morning bus #301 Luhansk-Byelovodsk that departs from what we call AC-2 - the railway station in Kirov Street, Stone Ford District, the area of the former railway station.
The morning bus leaves at 11 o'clock and the ticket price is 17 UAH ($2). The travel time is about two hours. If there are no tickets at the booking-office, come up to the bus driver and he will ensure you one.
There is another bus from the same bus station. It departs at 3 p.m. every day except Monday.
You can get on a bus at the central bus terminal. It departs at 12.29 from Platform #1.
This old bus should have been withdrawn years ago. I called this bus "a Nazi gas chamber bus". It's an old yellow Ikarus that will poison you with its exhaust gases that somehow get inside the bus. The travel time is two hours - enough to get more exhaust gases than you've ever had on a bus journey.
Buses back to Luhansk leave from Kolyadivka at 5.45 a.m. and at 6.30 a.m.
So if you arrive to Kolyadovka by bus, you will have to stay overnight somewhere in the village. The village mayor is sure to help you. If you don't manage to contact him, ask any villager and he or she is sure to provide help and direct you to your possible lodging.
There are two stores in Kolyadivka.
One of them is located behind the war memorials.
This is where you can buy food and drinks including liquors.
Anotehr store is in Sovietskaya Street.
But this store does not have a license for liquors.
What to buy: food and drinks
What to pay: it depends on what and how much you buy
The old church that had been built on people's donations was blown up by the Bolsheviks in 1937.
The villagers have tried to establish a church in the former inn recently, but to no avail: the parish was not formed.
So they gave up the idea.
The old house - the former inn and the would-be church - is still standing behind the war memorial and is in decay.
When necessary, the villagers attend a liturgy at the church in the neighboring village of Olexiyivka.
There are a lot of unpaved and unlit roads in and around the village.
Be careful when you decide to arrive to Kolyadivka by car at night.
Better take a 4x4 and get a map of the area or, which is still better, have a local accompany you.
A flashlight would be a good idea, too, since there are no lights in the village streets.
Only the locals know each pot-hole and ravine by heart and never use any flashlight when walking at night.
Visiting the bridge over the river is a must too.
The River Yevsoog is the left tributary of the Seversky Donets.
They say the river's name means home water (in the language of the Crimean Tatars). The river itself is very shallow, but there is one place where the kids like to bathe. It's located to the right of the bridge if you approach it from the village center.
The locals do not seek adventures and the bridge is the only place the locals cross the river.
Both banks of the Yevsoog are full of cane thicket. Nobody tries to explore the cane thicket and to cross the river at some other place other than the bridge for the marshland can be dangerous and not only attractive to a stranger's eye.
Unique Suggestions: follow the road across the river to the opposite bank and watch the thicket from there.
Don't forget your field glasses/binoculars for a better view.
Fun Alternatives: approach the canes and walk along the bank.
Explore the nearby woods instead.
My host Igor and I explored the local woods located on the northern outskirts of the village next to Proletarian Street near the road sign 22.
Luggage and bags:
a rucksack that would leave your hands free
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: the area is very windy. Think about a good jacket and good walking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: all your usual things
Photo Equipment: take your usual camera and a film camera, if any, with spare films
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: no swimming here, all ponds are used fishing.
Miscellaneous: A flashlight would be a good idea, if you are thinking of staying overnight (even if you don't, you might have to).
Take a couple of bottles of good Ukrainian vodka from where you are staying in Ukraine.
You see, once you are invited to dinner, the locals only offer you moonshine of 70 degrees alcohol. I believe it's horrible to drink that fiery stuff, so I tend to bring vodka.
I know the locals would hate me for treating them to our "nasty city stuff" - vodka.
I took a new vodka sort made by Luhansk distillery: Black Panther (an upper shelf drink made by Luga-Nova) and everybody was more than happy since it was strong indeed...
Visit the oldest house in Kolyadivka.It is located in Proletarian Street not far from the road to Byelovodsk.The house must be about two hundred years old.Nobody lives there now and it is neglected, but remains in private property.My host Igor, who had inherited the house, showed me around without opening the house and told me his own story about...more
There are five forests on the territory subjected to the village council:Lyebyedyev ForestKlimov ForestBoodnitsky ForestParnyovy ForestVelikiy Forest ("Great Forest") The forests are located up the hill that towers on the left side of Kolyadivka.They are mostly located in the ravines behind the big hills. You can see many different birds and trees...more
The village lies parallel to the nearby hills located at the altitude of 150 meters above sea level.The hills are broken by numerous ravines and it would be great to explore them some day.I was too busy to explore the hills during my first visit.There is a dairy farm up the hill and you can get there by the earth road, if you have a good 4x4.The...more
If your stay in the village is not short, you can play tennis in the school gym or play soccer at the school stadium.
Ask the village mayor Mr.Vladimir Sapyanov, a retired PE teacher, who is sure to help you.
Equipment: school gym and school stadium
You can contact the village mayor, a retired PE teacher of the local school.
He is sure to help you as he did in my case.
Mr. Vladimir Sapyanov
the village of Kolyadivka
Tel. +38 0644 9 75 41
Fondest memory: visiting the village history museum and meeting the locals