Every traveler has a honeymoon phase with the place she visits. This initial state of wonderment, this giddiness caused by jet-lag, novelty and sunshine, this child-like attitude that makes the traveler point at everything she sees and shout, "look, look, look," eventually comes to an end. It happens when she tries to communicate in the local language and the locals have no patience for her fractured attempts; when a simple procedure, like having a piece of paper stamped, becomes a week-long ordeal of bureaucratic dances, when her greetings and smiles go either ignored or are scoffed at, when she gets confused by the local currency (which irritates the supermarket cashier and everyone standing in line), when she goes shopping for souvenirs, lifts some foreign object and asks, "excuse me, what is this?" and all she gets is an eye roll and a sigh.
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."