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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

10 customs you must know before a trip to Japan

by Turner Wright

The 26 funniest Southern expressions (and how to use them)

by Shannon Dell

11 reasons you should never date a Bulgarian woman

by Dayana Aleksandrova

12 ways dating a Spanish girl will change you

by Marco Delgado

13 expressions you need to learn before going to Oregon

by Jon Young

How to become even more Texan in 10 easy steps

by Turner Wright

13 differences between California and the rest of the West Coast

by Julia Kitlinski-Hong

13 things only real Texans love to eat and drink

by Turner Wright

7 reasons there’s no better friend than an Alabamian

by Anna Irving

11 surprising facts about Medellín, Colombia

by Mónica Corredor

20 Things you’ll never hear a Puerto Rican say

by Isla Andante

10 reasons we should all be moving to Alabama right now

by Scott Summers

14 things you’ll get addicted to living in Texas

by Turner Wright

11 things about Virginia Beach that are pushing it to the next level

by Alison Clary

13 signs you were born and raised in mainland China

by Julie Cao

11 things only real Californians love to eat and drink

by Julia Kitlinski-Hong

10 commandments for living in Kansas

by Joseph Griffin

10 things best friends did together growing up in Oregon

by Jon Young
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