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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

14 facts about South East Scotland that will surprise you

by Katie Scott Aiton

On being a black woman in Spain

by Tianna Spears

24 struggles of living in Texas

by Turner Wright

13 signs you were born and raised in Paris

by Virginie Auguste-Dormeuil

How to piss off an Icelander

by Lara Michelsen

7 things best friends did together growing up In Rhode Island

by You Gotta Love Rhode Island

10 commandments for living in Michigan

by Michael Diaz

Your mini guide to Alabama slang

by Anna Irving

8 things you get jaded about in Texas that are actually awesome

by Tanner Saunders

Dear travelers to Venice: don’t come until you have understood these 11 things

by Mari Koskelo

22 phrases my Southern mama told me to get me through any situation

by Amber Locke

16 signs you’re back in Alaska

by Jennifer Gracey

7 reasons you should never date a German girl

by Jennifer Schlueter

18 commandments for living in Alaska

by Jennifer Gracey

8 life lessons I learned living in Colorado

by Tim Wenger

11 dead giveaways you grew up in the South

by Meka Allgood

8 differences between Texas and the South

by Turner Wright

8 things only real Minnesotans love to eat and drink

by Alethea Alden
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