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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

20 signs you were born and raised in Scotland

by Molly Nurse

20 signs you’re culturally Chilean

by Elyssa Garrett

13 things you’ll only understand if you’ve been to Turkey

by Jamie Lee

10 things that will happen when you move to Norway

by Paul Kucewicz

8 signs you were born and raised in Turkey

by Deniz Ölçek

How to become Serbian in 17 steps

by Sandra Petkovic

11 signs you were born and raised in Mumbai

by Roxane Bamboat

16 signs you were born and raised in the north of England

by Tommy Walker

How to piss off a Spaniard

by Tom Bartel

10 idioms only the French understand

by Morgane Croissant

16 signs you were born and raised in Venezuela

by Karen Moreno

8 abilities the Finns have over everyone else

by Maari Parkkinen

12 things you’ll only experience in Korea

by Sarah Katin

14 signs you were born and raised in Glasgow

by Barrie Roulston

16 funniest expressions Brazilians use

by Marcela Faé

15 things you’ll never hear someone from Pittsburgh say

by Erin Graney

7 signs you were born and raised in Pittsburgh

by Jen Hensler
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