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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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20 signs you’ve been in Sweden too long

by Ting Yiu
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17 reasons no one is as hardcore as us Michiganders when it comes to winter

by Sara Schneider
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15 signs you were born and raised in Philadelphia

by Kristen Hopf
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8 things Americans can learn from Argentines

by Cathy Brown
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How to piss off someone from Newfoundland

by Marie King
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12 things Mexicans love to hate

by Rulo Luna
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14 ways to understand people from Hong Kong

by Ting Yiu
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37 things you would never hear an Ohioan say

by Matt Hershberger
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10 things Americans learn when they move to Germany

by Juliana Bilowich
12

8 reasons Finnish people won’t talk to you

by Violetta Teetor
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12 phrases only Spaniards understand

by Ana Bulnes
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8 weird things you can eat in Mexico that are actually really good

by Susannah Rigg
6

10 travel situations that are hard for introverts

by Candice Walsh
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22 images that show how we Mexicans laugh at death

by Rulo Luna
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8 things people get wrong about Colombia

by Simon Willis
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8 quintessential New Mexican foods we wish would go national

by MJ Willis
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10 customs you must know before a trip to Japan

by Turner Wright
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8 taboos not to break when in Japan

by Agn├Ęs Gallais
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