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).

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10 superpowers every Wisconsinite has

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How to confuse a New Mexican

10 commandments of dating a German woman

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7 drinks a bartender would never order

Kissing in France is totally different from region to region

The 9 commandments of dating a Dutch guy

6 lessons the US can learn from Japan

How to tell the time like they do in Mexico

How to humiliate yourself in New Mexico

How to confuse an Alaskan

9 commandments for dating a guy from Sweden

How to properly do summer in New Mexico

17 things Mainers always have to explain to out-of-towners

33 signs you’ve culturally become a New Mexican

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