One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Book cover for Exhibition of posthumous works Vincent van Gogh illustrated by Richard Nicolaüs Roland Holst, 1892
Okay okay but hear me out on this one if you like ExR – ace aro Enjolras and litheromantic Grantaire not dating but not not dating you feel?
Wildly, passionately, and deeply romantic Grantaire with a crush the size of the sun on Enjolras. He acts inappropriate and obnoxious because he loves Enjolras so much but if Enjolras ever likes him back he would freak out. That can’t happen, there can be no chance at it. And he wants to do things for Enjolras so badly but he’s frightened and hopeless and all he manages to do is piss Enjolras off (or make him slightly concerned).
Enjolras who doesn’t appreciate the negative attention and when someone suggests it’s because Grantaire likes him Enjolras gets super uncomfortable because he doesn’t like Grantaire like that. He doesn’t want to hurt Grantaire by appearing cold or uncaring but Grantaire is constantly pushing at him and there’s nothing he can do. (And he’s not exactly nice, himself.)
Someone decides to play matchmaker and tries to get Enjolras and Grantaire together and Enjolras is so fucking pissed because does no one fucking respect the fact he doesn’t need or want a relationship? And Grantaire feels like he’s gonna throw up because no no no relationships are a no he doesn’t want them, he doesn’t want the weight of one, or the weight of someone loving him, he just wants to love someone and not worry about it being returned or changing. He can’t handle that.
And they talk it out…and wow.
Enjolras is surprised because you’re in love with me and wanna do a bunch of stuff for me but you absolutely don’t want me to return your romantic affections or date you? That’s okay with you? And Granaire is wow because Enjolras really likes attention like that but he’s never had it shown to him without the pressure to return it in kind.
And so they fall into a thing. A really comfortable thing. And they start trusting one another because Enjolras can finally be friends with Grantaire and treats him well and appreciates his talents and their conversations and does nice things for him that aren’t interpreted the wrong way. And Grantaire absolutely lavishes Enjolras in attention and doesn’t have to worry about Enjolras loving him or wanting to establish any sort of word for what they have.
And Grantaire sometimes says “I love you” (not often, it still makes Enjolras a bit uncomfortable) and Enjolras never says “I love you” but does little things that shows he cares. (Have you ever read this fic? Read this fic.) And they fist bump when they see one another and sometimes cuddle and bump forehead and sometimes Enjolras kisses Grantaire’s knuckles or forehead and Grantaire is so thrilled because Enjolras feels relaxed enough to do that.
And if people start trying to matchmake again, they’ll overreact and Grantaire will be like “OH ENJOLRAS, COME LOVE ME!” and Enjolras will try to play along but honestly won’t be able to stop laughing and then he pretends to come in for a kiss and then Grantaire can’t stop laughing and they’re standing six inches away from one another laughing hysterically and Enjolras is just like “I can’t, I can’t do it” and Grantaire is like “Oh thank God, I thought you were actually gonna” and everyone who doesn’t know them is super confused. (Thank you thenewestdisneyprincess for the wonderful image.)
And they take care of one another and they’ve both been described as insufferable roommates but then they start living together and sharing a bed (because they both sleep better with someone to snuggle) and taking care of one another and have this understanding that no one else quite has. And Enjolras starts getting reasonable amounts of sleep and Grantaire drinks and smokes less and less. And they fall asleep watching movies together with Grantaire holding Enjolras so closely and Enjolras beaming from all the affection. No strings attached.
Later on they get married for tax benefits because fuck the system.
And they never kiss, and they never have sex, and neither of them ever want to, and that’s okay.
And if someone asks if they’re dating they both sort of make a face. They don’t really have a word for it but it’s not that. Definitely not that. And they’re happy.
Something awesome, surreal and possibly even a little bit magical is happening on a quiet street in the Toxteth district of Liverpool, England. Every night, when the clock strikes 10:00pm, the sliding storefront shutter on a derelict building opens to reveal a radiant blue tank of water filled with live, luminous jellyfish silently swimming around the space.
This dreamlike scene is a site-specific art installation created by artistic duo Walter Hugo & Zoniel for the Liverpool Biennial. Entitled The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Someone Living, the piece was not promoted in advance in any way. Instead it simply started happening and will continue making its punctual 10pm appearance until July 27, 2014.
If you can’t make it to Liverpool before the end of the month, you can click here to watch some video footage of the installation, which was shared by Neal Bryant.
combeferre being v intelligent and sciencey and eloquent about it and people dont get that that doesn’t mean he knows All The Science
'ferre can you take a look at my computer for me'
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" I Don’t Like to Live Here"
"Self portrait and the view out of kitchen window. I hope we ll move to another city soon."
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