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  • The bus stop is opposite the store+bar
    The bus stop is opposite the store+bar
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  • The central village store and bar
    The central village store and bar
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  • A view of the store from the bus stop
    A view of the store from the bus stop
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Krutaya Gora Things to Do

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    Ancestors Memorial, Zhovte, Luhansk region 4 more images

    by hunterV Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Walking to my friend's house I saw this monument in the main street.
    The memorial plaque reads,
    ................................................................
    To our great ancestors
    from thankful descendants
    .................................................................
    This memorial plaque was dedicated
    on the Village Day of Zhovte
    on September 24, 2006
    ...............................................................
    Ukraine

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    Inside the church 4 more images

    by hunterV Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    The church is located on the exit from the village in the building of the former veterinary control center. Since there is now cattle-farm here, the vet service building was sold and the new owner wished to transfer the building into the church property.
    The church is still under construction.
    When I was there they were laying the white tiles on the floor.
    There is still a lot of work in the church courtyard.
    The church dean is Father Alexander. He was kind enough to tell me a few words about the church and blessed me to take a couple of pictures for VT.
    The church has a huge canvas of the Mother of God on the left wall. They framed it and displayed on the wall as a big icon.
    The church is called Assumption of the Mother of God church.
    The Feast day is on August 28 when we observe Assumption of Mary's Day.

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    The war memorial in Zhovte 4 more images

    by hunterV Updated Aug 5, 2011

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    That is what we do when we visit war memorials.
    They are practically in every town and village here.
    Zhovte is no exception.
    My local acquaintance Olga, a school teacher, whom I met in the bus on the way to Zhovte advised me to visit the village war memorial and showed me the way to it.
    The village history states that 132 villagers went to the front during the last world war, among them 80 were awarded with orders and medals and 57 did not come back from the front.
    Two village residents – V.Ternovoy and D.Ostapenko – for their heroic deeds, courage and bravery became Heroes of the Soviet Union.
    The memorial plaques at the foot of the monument depict the names of all villagers who did not come back from the front.
    You can see large bas-reliefs on the gray monument: three mourning faces – a farmer, a soldier and a young lady.
    The inscription at the monument reads,
    Eternal glory to the heroes
    who fell in the struggle
    for the liberty and independence
    of our Motherland
    1941-1945

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Krutaya Gora Restaurants

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    The central village store 4 more images

    by hunterV Written Jan 26, 2013

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    You can see this village store in the main street as soon as you arrive to Zhovte.
    They have a good choice of goods there, almost anything you want in terms of food and drinks.
    You can consume what you buy there, if you sit at a table on the entrance terrace, if you don't mind the iron-barred fence around the terrace. The local never mind it and tend to sit on the terrace enjoying the merry company at night.

    Favorite Dish: beer and snacks

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    Marichka bar, Lenin Street, Zhovte 4 more images

    by hunterV Written Aug 7, 2011

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    You can have a bite at one of the wo bars in the village.
    The first one is a self-service bar located in the red-brick house opposite the bus stop.
    Marichka store and bar is another opportunity.
    They have a separate room where you can relax with a small company of friends.
    They can heat a pizza for you and provide you with tea/coffee and drinks.

    Favorite Dish: pizza

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Krutaya Gora Transportation

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    Bus 221 to Zhovte 4 more images

    by hunterV Updated Aug 6, 2013

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    A bus ride to this village will take you about 35-40 minutes.
    You have to take bus 221 at the local bus station located in the square of the old railway station in Kirov Street.
    The buses depart almost every hour:
    from Luhansk: 6.30 a.m., 7.30 a.m., 10.30 a.m. (on Saturday & Sunday), 12.30, 2.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m., 5.30 p.m., 6.30 p.m., 8.00 p.m.
    from Zhovte to Luhansk: 6.30 a.m., 7.30 a.m., 8.30 a.m., 9.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 1.30 p.m., 3.30 p.m., 5.30 p.m., 6.30 p.m., 7.30 p.m.
    The bus fare is 5.50 UAH (as of August 2011) - less than $1.

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Krutaya Gora Local Customs

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    by hunterV Updated Aug 7, 2011

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    Many locals have greenhouses and grow a lot of vetetables and fruit in the gardens and orchards.
    Their greenhouses are even seen on pictures from the sattellite.
    My neighbor and friend Vitaly bought a neglected house in this village ten years ago and turned the household into his datcha where he grows fruit and vegetables. Tomatoes are in the first place. He loves these plants as his friends, pronounces prayers for them every morning, sings songs for them and talks to them. It's his little secret.
    Besides, he has apples, a peach-tree, a pear-tree, cucumbers, paprika, cabbage, etc.
    It means a lot of work, but Vitaly does not mind since he is retired.
    He asked me to make a video of his “little farm” for his relatives, which I did.

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Krutaya Gora Warnings and Dangers

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    Meeting locals 4 more images

    by hunterV Updated Apr 11, 2013

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    Be careful about making friends at local pubs with young people who, after hearing you speak English, come up to you speaking decent English and saying, "Hi, bro! I love your country, I like your lifestyle", etc.
    They might extend their hands to greet you, which is very weird for strangers here. Even if we see friends at a table in a pub, maximum what we would do is just to nod to greet them, to say nothing of intruding into their talk with their friends over dinner.
    One rough rover, a “jobless guy” from this village (on the picture), asked me for a light, which I did not have since I am not a smoker, so he just stood there at the bus stop, where I was standing, perhaps thinking what other reason could be to start the ball rolling. I merely turned away from him and continued contemplating the landscapes.
    And, of course, do not disclose the cafe/bar customers where you are staying in Luhansk or leave your "potential friends" your local phone number.
    They might plague you with their phone calls or unexpected visits afterwards like they did to my English friends who had come to Luhansk once.
    Also, they might ask you to lend them some money (starting with $5 and finishing with $$$).
    It's up to you how to behave...
    I do remember the quote from my students' years: Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentis.
    A rough translation would be “Whatever it is, I fear Greeks even when they bear gifts“.
    By “Greeks” I mean leeches, who are always after you when they happen to hear you speak English, trying to use you as a cash cow.
    You have been warned.

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    by hunterV Updated Jan 26, 2013

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    During my last stay in Zhovte I had a negative impression when I felt smelt terrible fire fumes: a garbage container was burning from inside. Someone must have thrown a butt into a container.
    As I was waiting for my Luhansk bus, I had to inhale those horrible fumes. There was no getting away from them.
    How glad I was when the bus arrived!

    The garbage containers are located just opposite the store to the left of the bus stop.
    Be careful standing at the bus stop and keep to the right, farther from those smelly containers...

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