The Metro, Moscow
Trip Start Mar 13, 2007
92Trip End Aug 10, 2007
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But why take a taxi through Moscow's horrendous traffic when you can travel around in a work of art for about 50 cents. Moscow's Metro is one of the world's most extensive and supposedly in the top three in total usage. The Metro stations were built mostly in the Stalin years and extremely deep so they could also be used as air raid shelters. But what the stations are most famous for is their art and design, all done in marble and decorated in stucco, reliefs, mosaics, stained glass, and chandeliers
My last Metro trip of the night was back to a very northerly part of Moscow beyond the TV Tower and across from the Botanical Gardens where our hotel is located, surrounded by lots of Khruscheby (Khruschev-era projects/slums). Saturday night on the Moscow Metro resembles the New York City Subway after the Saint Patrick's Day parade, with groups of buddies passing the vodka bottles around to each other and solo passed-out riders in the seats. I wasn't in the mood to make any new Russian friends on the way home, so I figured I'd try to look inconspicuous and would hopefully be ignored
I made it out of the Metro fine but then (still holding my empty beer bottle) ran into three jovial young drunks outside the station who really wanted me to be their friend. Maybe they just wanted cigarettes, or a few roubles to buy more booze with since they seemed to be out; I don't know. Once I escaped from them, though, I figured it would be best to stick my arm out into the street and hop into the first Lada that stopped and asked "Taksi?" instead of attempting the long walk back to the hotel at 11:00 at night.