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The World Beneath: A Subway Guide

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Ruta Metro Insurgentes a EH, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The Polanco Metro’s staircase not only looks like a piano; it is a piano. During certain times of the day and night a switch is turned on and the steps become keys, resonating with the notes people make as they climb up and down.
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San Nicolás, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Young Argentine chefs trained in Europe’s top kitchens are returning home to reinvent their national cuisine. Dante Liporace, the el Bulli– trained chef of Tarquino is one of the leaders of the movement, known as La Nueva Cocina Argentina. His...
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75004 Paris, France
Metro station on Line 4.
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75005 Paris, France
Even many of the metro stations were beautiful, each decorated in their own unique style. This station near the Sorbonne featured names of intellectuals and great thinkers.
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New York, NY 10017, USA
You'll always find a cast of colorful characters on the inside of New York City subway cars, but for a glimpse of some with their colors on the outside, head to the Shuttle between Grand Central Station and Times Square. The subway cars on this...
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Atocha, Madrid, Spain
This historic train depot is the heart of transit for Madrid. Serving local as well as high-speed AVE trains, it also plays a key role in the ever-expanding railways of Europe. I stumbled upon Madrid's first railway station, which was inaugurated...
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28045 Madrid, Spain
Close to the Spanish railway museum is the metro stop Arganzuela - Planetario, which is on the #6 line, the circular one. As the name suggests, there is also a planetarium close by. The main wall in the station has a bit of a worldly motif as...
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141-10 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
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Lindavista Vallejo III Secc, 07750 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has one of the busiest subway systems in the world, carrying about 5 million people a day. Having lived and used public transportation in New York City, the first thing I noticed about the Mexico subway system is that it is very clean....
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Kwai Chung, Hong Kong
It’s not often that subway systems get the appreciation they deserve, but the MTR in Hong Kong is certainly worthy of this honor. The system is enormous and provides cheap and easy transportation to just about all parts of the city. If you’re not...
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Tokyo's subway system is slightly complicated, but always on time. There are multiple different subway companies in Tokyo and the tickets for different companies don't transfer. I recommend carrying a small English map of the Tokyo subway lines,...
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Zamoskvorechye District, Moscow, Russia
Some of Moscow's subway stations are to be found in guide books. No wonder. In some of them you feel like inside a museum or palace.
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Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is one of the most beautiful magical places I have been. It reminds me of a less commercialized Paris or Barcelona
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Karlovo nám. 2097/10, 120 00 Praha-Nové Město, Czechia
One of the best things about Prague is the fact that there is excellent public transportation - a metro, buses and even trams. There are still many of the older ones around, which look great gliding past the 19th & 18th century buildings. Get to...
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Centralplan 15, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
When in Stockholm, try this budget attraction—the subway! This really is art underground, literally. It is called the longest art museum in the world. Over 90 of the 100 stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics,...
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
Hard to believe, but one of my positive experiences in crowded New Delhi was to take the Metro. India of course has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately; sadly, sexual violence is pervasive in the country. For single female travelers,...