Moscow Metro

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The metro was not only beautiful, but clean, safe and cheap.
The metro was not only beautiful, but clean, safe and cheap.

Yes, I honestly took a tour of the Moscow Metro. The stations–all 200 of them–are each unique. Some of the older ones have marble and semi-precious stones. I toured only 7 of them, but are pretty impressed. My guide, Elena, also pointed out many of the places were are with Stalin’s image had been removed, a process called “de-Stalinization.”

The first stations were built in the 1930’s but those built just after WWII are the most elaborate. Oh, and there’s free wifi. Seriously, this is the cleanest metro I’ve ever seen–that includes Tokyo.

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I saw a lot of metal detectors. None of them were working.
I saw a lot of metal detectors. None of them were working.

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Ceiling art. That's Lenin, but it used to have Stalin and Lenin.
Ceiling art. That’s Lenin, but it used to have Stalin and Lenin.

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Each stained glass panel is unique.
Each stained glass panel is unique.
This used to have an image of Stalin. It was removed and the doves added instead.
This used to have an image of Stalin. It was removed and the doves added instead.

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Ceiling art
Ceiling art
Ceiling art
Ceiling art

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Here's one of the reasons that taking the metro is challenging: There's no English.
Here’s one of the reasons that taking the metro is challenging: There’s no English.
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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

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