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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

15 signs you were born and raised in Philadelphia

by Kristen Hopf

11 things that will happen when you move to Germany

by Vanessa Van Doren

30 signs you grew up in Brooklyn

by Alexandra E. Petri

11 signs you were born and raised in Boston

by Eileen Cotter Wright

16 signs you were born and raised in the Netherlands

by Arwen Kok

14 ways to understand people from Hong Kong

by Ting Yiu

10 worst mistakes people make in their 20s

by Jacqueline Kehoe

12 things people from Fargo actually say

by Alicia Underlee Nelson

10 signs you’ve never been to Seattle

by Joshywashington

7 uncomfortable truths about living in Australia

by Sara Schneider

9 ways to avoid being the cliche tourist in Edinburgh

by Damien Cifelli

16 things Romanians miss when they leave home

by Paula Veselovschi

15 things you miss when you move away from Boston

by Rebecca Bellan

16 signs you were born and raised in Greenland

by Tina Egede

10 slang phrases you need to understand people from New Zealand

by Sarah Goldsworthy

How to piss off a German

by Oskar Lingk

37 things you’ll never hear someone from New York City say

by Vanessa Nirode

9 culture shocks Americans have in the Czech Republic

by Katka Lapelosov√°
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