And when on top of it all, the traveler wakes up nice and early to a torrential rain that doesn't abate for 24 hours, and the wind blows colder and harder with each passing minute, and the idea of catching a taxi is out of the question because the traffic is horrendous, she does what any good traveler does in these circumstances: smile and make the most of it. Focus on the good and use her head to understand the not-so-good.
She admires the metro stations (she tries to snap pictures but they are not allowed as the stations are considered military installations and crawl with police), gets serious vertigo going up and down the longest, steepest escalators in the world (they were built deep underground to serve as bomb shelters), and gets all giddy again at the sight of a place intricately decorated with mosaics, sculpture and bas-reliefs made of engraved metal, glass, granite, marble, or carved alabaster. The metro stations in Moscow were meant to be "palaces for the people" and as such, each has its own theme, ranging from futuristic to realist, from war-related to avant garde, from deeply socialist to seriously nationalist.
The Metro truly is a fantastic display of immeasurable artistic talent and functionality: over 130 miles of route length, boasting 12 lines and 177 stations, and carries an average of over 7 million commuters per day. Finding out this underground free-of-charge museum might make the traveler point and shout again and again: "look, look, look."