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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

How to piss off someone from Cornwall

by Lauren Williams

8 signs you were born and raised in Turkey

by Deniz Ölçek

10 signs you were born and raised in Costa Rica

by Deborah González

10 signs you were born and raised in Virginia

by Lucas Suarez

12 signs you were born and raised in Rhode Island

by Jenna McCrory

10 signs you were born and raised in Finland

by Maari Parkkinen

9 dates everyone from Pittsburgh goes on

by Kayla Washko

20 signs you were born and raised in Tegucigalpa

by Joe Batruny

42 signs you’ve been in Australia too long

by Alexandra E. Petri

15 ways you know you’ve become culturally Belgian

by Amaia

8 things Americans can learn from Czechs

by Katka Lapelosová

The 12 Facebook friends you fear the most

by Matt Hershberger

8 things Spaniards love to hate

by Ana Bulnes

9 signs you’ve never really eaten British food

by Jeremy Ullmann

11 memories you have if you grew up in Turkey

by Deniz Ölçek

Things you learn when you live in Argentina

by Daniel Tunnard

You know you’re a black traveler when…

by Alyssa James

10 signs you were raised by a Chinese mother

by Karen Lo
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