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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
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9 American habits I lost when I moved to Germany

by Vanessa Van Doren
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26 signs you were born and raised in Germany

by Barbara Litzlfellner
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11 things Americans could learn from the Spanish

by Elyssa Garrett
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11 things that will happen when you move to Germany

by Vanessa Van Doren
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8 American habits I lost when I moved to Japan

by Amie Cuhaciyan
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10 differences between a normal friend and a German friend

by Vanessa Van Doren
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9 inevitable side effects of living in Buenos Aires

by Sorcha O'Higgins
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11 signs you learned to drink on the South Side of Chicago

by Jill Kozak

20 things you didn’t know about Sun Valley, ID

by Kitt Doucette
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15 things every Californian should know about Nevada

by Abby Tegnelia

How to insult people like the British

by Matt Hershberger
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14 signs you were born and raised in Charleston

by Baker Manning
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12 characters you’ll meet on the slopes of Sun Valley

by Kitt Doucette
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5 American habits I lost when I moved to Budapest

by Alisa Kennedy
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13 things that inevitably happen when you move to Australia

by Sara Schneider
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6 French habits I lost when I moved to Canada

by Morgane Croissant
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7 things the Irish take for granted

by Sorcha O'Higgins
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5 US habits I lost when I moved to Chile

by Meaghan Beatley
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