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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

The 20 funniest Finnish expressions (and how to use them)

by Maari Parkkinen

24 signs you were born and raised in Colombia

by Mónica Corredor

10 things people in Alabama are weirdly passionate about

by Anna Irving

Dear travelers to Budapest: Don’t come until you have understood these 6 things

by Barbara Litzlfellner

15 superstitious beliefs us Filipinos follow on New Year’s Eve

by Kate Alvarez

20 charming illustrations of Christmas traditions from around the world

by Ailsa Ross

8 things Oregonians love to whine about

by Jon Young

50 British phrases that Americans just don’t understand

by Stacy Ullenes

8 differences between a NYC native and a transplant

by Joey Parr

8 things you need to know to understand Mexican women

by Rulo Luna

10 signs you grew up celebrating the holidays in Wisconsin

by Alisa Tank

5 things I love about Denver (that most people hate)

by Tim Wenger

14 things only real Alaskans love to eat and drink

by Jennifer Gracey

10 commandments for living in Arizona

by Wynter Holden

A guide to American hiker slang

by Alex Frost

10 reasons why I’m proud to call Texas home

by Turner Wright

7 abilities Kansans have over everyone else

by Joseph Griffin

9 reasons everyone cool and creative is heading to Jackson, MS

by Micah Smith
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