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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

9 things Americans could learn from Australians

by Kellie Donnelly

20 of Turkey’s most impressive historical sites

by Cathy Brown

30 things you will never hear someone from Colorado say

by Brian Lewis

21 things Portlanders have to explain to out-of-towners

by Alex Scola

To Cincinnati: I’m sorry

by Matt Hershberger

17 of the funniest Doric expressions (and how to use them)

by Ailsa Ross

10 fascinatingly untranslatable Norwegian words

by Kenneth Haug

9 abilities Iowans have over everyone else

by Jacqueline Kehoe

40 things you’ll never hear someone from Aberdeen say

by Ailsa Ross

12 differences between a normal friend and an Irish friend

by Niall Colbert

29 signs you were born and raised in New Hampshire

by Maggie Wallace

10 things you’ll only understand if you’ve been to Sun Valley

by Cassie Abel

36 things you’ll never hear someone from Utah say

by Rachel Rueckert

19 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Patagonia

by Nicolas Bianchi

10 customs you must know before a trip to Japan

by Turner Wright

43 things you’ll never hear someone from Edinburgh say

by Damien Cifelli

15 abilities the English have over everyone else (and one we suck at)

by Lauren Williams

8 things you can only understand if you’re Austrian

by Klaus Komenda
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