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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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27 reasons Istanbul residents believe they live in the best city on Earth

by Leeann Murphy
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17 facts about Turkey that will surprise you

by Ayla Jean Yackley
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18 signs you were born and raised in Poland

by Karolina Go

13 reasons you need to travel to Turkey this summer

by Katherine Liljegren
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20 things you probably didn’t know about Idaho

by Kristen Bor

14 surprising facts about Fort Myers and Sanibel, FL

by Stephanie Maier
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12 abilities Mexicans have over everyone

by Rulo Luna
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The 8 worst decisions you can make in Portugal

by Sandra Guedes
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20 ways to recognize a Mexican anywhere in the world

by Iliana Garcia

17 signs you were born and raised in Dubai

by Natasha Amar
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The funniest expressions Ecuadorians use

by Jess López
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Everything I learned about life in Japan, I learned from riding the subway

by Louise Hung
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17 little things you miss after leaving Jordan

by Barbara Litzlfellner
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A Love Letter to the Richmond District, San Francisco

by LiAnne Yu
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10 things every self-respecting UP resident has to do before they die

by Jennifer Billock

How to fall in love with Sun Valley in 11 easy steps

by Jackie Costello

19 little things you will miss when you leave Utah

by Rachel Rueckert
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17 little things you will miss when you leave Vietnam

by Jacqueline Kehoe
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