Culture Guides

Though the cause for uniting the whole of humanity under a single peaceful banner is noble and good, it is the drastic differences between us that continues to make life, especially travel, so very worthwhile. Whether it’s as stark as arriving in a country that doesn’t speak your language or as subtle as noticing differences in transportation, experiencing the world’s cultural varieties teaches us things books can’t hold–not only about the subject at hand, but ourselves as well.

While your expectations are always going to be wrong in some way, it’s never a bad idea to get a glimpse of where you’re going. Whether it’s to check out the Sami in northern Sweden, take a bath in Damascus, or hike the Great Wall, Matadorians have been there. Check out the content below, and let us know what you discover after you return (or decide to stay).

Culture Guides Articles

20 signs you were born and raised in Italy

by Marco Chiusaroli

10 idioms only Italians understand

by Marco Chiusaroli

20 signs you’ve been in Sweden too long

by Ting Yiu

13 signs you were born and raised in Finland

by Veikka Lahtinen

17 signs you were raised in a Chinese-American family

by LiAnne Yu

10 things that will happen when you move to Norway

by Paul Kucewicz

30 signs you grew up in Brooklyn

by Alexandra E. Petri

20 fascinating things you didn’t know about Utah

by Carlo Alcos

12 things Mexicans say vs. what we really mean

by Rulo Luna

15 signs you were born and raised in Philadelphia

by Kristen Hopf

7 things French people learn when they move to England

by Amaia

How to piss off someone from Staten Island

by Richard Simon

8 ways to learn who Chileans really are

by Elyssa Garrett

13 rookie signs it’s your first Colorado ski season

by Rory Moulton

10 signs your boyfriend is Russian

by Ania Kish

13 signs you were born and raised by an Ecuadorian mother

by Jess López

12 signs your girlfriend is Mexican

by Rulo Luna

13 signs your best friend is Mexican

by Rulo Luna
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