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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

The 20 funniest Dutch expressions (and how to use them)

by Daphne Blomsma

18 essential phrases for understanding life in Japan

by C-M "Spike" Daeley

16 things Mexicans are born knowing how to do

by Rodrigo Macías

14 facts about North Carolina that will surprise you

by Jacqueline Kehoe

14 fantastic pregnancy myths from around the world

by Kate Siobhan Mulligan

20 crucial pieces of life advice, as told by people over 60

by Ailsa Ross

19 things you didn’t know about the UK

by Katie Scott Aiton

8 ways South Dakota will surprise you

by Jill Majerus

9 historic places in Turkey where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time

by Jennifer Hattam

8 myths about Nepal that travelers get wrong

by Elen Turner

To American expats: Please don’t come to Georgia until you’ve understood these 5 things

by No - Yolo

9 fears only those from Trinidad and Tobago can understand

by Suzanne Bhagan

16 slang phrases you’ll need to know in Northern Ireland

by Sarah Arnold

7 easy steps for talking like a German

by Olga Mecking

How to piss off someone from Trinidad and Tobago

by Suzanne Bhagan

The 10 biggest lies the guidebooks tell you about North Dakota

by Alicia Underlee Nelson

To American expats (and Bill O’Reilly): Please don’t come to Ireland until you’ve understood these 5 things

by Klemens Casey

11 things you can’t help getting addicted to in Mexico

by Rodrigo Macías
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