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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

27 reasons Istanbul residents believe they live in the best city on Earth

by Leeann Murphy

17 facts about Turkey that will surprise you

by Ayla Jean Yackley

13 reasons you need to travel to Turkey this summer

by Katherine Liljegren

18 signs you were born and raised in Poland

by Karolina Go

How to become more Portuguese in 19 steps

by Sandra Guedes

The 8 worst decisions you can make in Portugal

by Sandra Guedes

20 things you probably didn’t know about Idaho

by Kristen Bor

14 surprising facts about Fort Myers and Sanibel, FL

by Stephanie Maier

12 abilities Mexicans have over everyone

by Rulo Luna

17 signs you were born and raised in Dubai

by Natasha Amar

20 ways to recognize a Mexican anywhere in the world

by Iliana Garcia

8 epic spots in Germany even most Germans don’t know

by Jacqueline Kehoe

The funniest expressions Ecuadorians use

by Jess López

Everything I learned about life in Japan, I learned from riding the subway

by Louise Hung

A Love Letter to the Richmond District, San Francisco

by LiAnne Yu

17 little things you miss after leaving Jordan

by Barbara Litzlfellner

7 reasons your next trip needs to be Norway

by Paige Smith

10 things every self-respecting UP resident has to do before they die

by Jennifer Billock
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