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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

11 signs you were born and raised in California

by Jarret Leong

9 American habits I lost when I moved to Germany

by Vanessa Van Doren

20 signs you’ve been in Sweden too long

by Ting Yiu

How to piss off a Dane

by Emily Hanssen Arent

17 differences between a normal mom and a Polish mom

by Adrienne B

14 Aussie phrases we should all be using

by Stephanie Be

21 American habits I lost in India

by Rachel Rueckert

13 signs you were born and raised in London

by Susannah Rigg

7 reasons Cambodians are the coolest people you’ll meet abroad

by Allison Jane Smith

10 signs you were born and raised in Argentina

by Laura Bernhein

19 things South Africans miss the most when they’re abroad

by Caroline van Looy

15 signs you were born and raised in São Paulo

by Gaía Passarelli

The 8 worst decisions you can make in Portugal

by Sandra Guedes

10 signs you’ve never been to Mexico City

by Susannah Rigg

13 Differences between a normal mom and a French mom

by Celine Lingelser

13 signs you were born and raised in Mexico City

by Rulo Luna

12 reasons you should never date a rock climber

by Sara Schneider

19 things Americans can learn from the Dutch

by Melissa Adams
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