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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 things Coloradans always need to explain to out-of-towners

by Brian Lewis

25 things you did not know about Antarctica

by Morgane Croissant

17 things only someone who’s been to Idaho will understand

by Hailey Hirst

12 culture shocks Americans have in Germany

by Genevieve Northup

9 culture shocks Americans will have in Hungary

by Colm FitzGerald

20 signs you were definitely raised by Polish parents

by Adrienne B

17 differences between a normal mom and a Polish mom

by Adrienne B

How to become an Argentine in 20 easy steps

by Laura Bernhein

11 signs you were born and raised in Boston

by Eileen Cotter Wright

How to piss off someone from Charleston

by Jordan McCutcheon

13 Differences between a normal mom and a French mom

by Celine Lingelser

25 signs you were born and raised in Brisbane

by Genevieve Hassall

12 differences between a normal mother and a Spanish mother

by Ana Bulnes

16 commandments for dating a girl from Wisconsin

by C-M "Spike" Daeley

11 side effects of living in Luxembourg

by Paula Veselovschi

How to become Mexican in 25 easy steps

by Rulo Luna

How to become a Finn in 22 easy steps

by Veera Papinoja

20 signs you’ve been away from Mexico for too long

by Alice Latham
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