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Street Art of The Lower East Side in Manhattan

The Lower East Side (or LES for short) is a hot mecca destination for various street artists in New York City.  They have been continuously gracing numerous street corners, the top of the buildings, hidden back walls, and even the front of different coffee shops, bakeries and other venues – with beautiful graffitis, murals and other forms of street art. …

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New York City in the Summer: A Photo Diary

New York in Summer is a beautiful sight – the colorful flower pots, the green parks, the outside tables and chairs, the ice cream trucks… it is the season of fun, relaxation, leisure, and the frequent weekend getaways.  Though, not every New Yorker travels far away from their hometown, as there are plenty of things to do and see in …

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How (NOT) To Visit Mount Huashan

Mount Huashan, or simply Mount Hua as it is commonly known… outside of China, is one of the most beautiful hikes in the whole World.  It’s also proclaimed to be one of the most dangerous hikes as well.  Why dangerous you might wonder?  Well, for once it is really high – its tallest peak reaches 2,160 meters (or 7,087 feet).  In …

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China For the Beginners: Or, What I Learned on My First Trip

With five thousand years of history behind its ‘back’ – China is one of the few, oldest, most advanced countries in the whole World.  Among numerous accomplishments and gifts to the human society, China is primarily famous for 4 things: publishing (typography), paper making, compass, and gun powder.  But it also gave the World porcelain.  And silk.  And tea.  And alcohol.  And even …

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Bonjour, or How I Fell in Love With Paris, on a… Third Sight

The first time I came to Paris was in 2009.  I was quite short on money, working part-time at a dead-end job, while pursuing my Bachelor’s diploma.  I haven’t traveled much until then, mostly due to the lack of funds, though I always had this intense desire to go out and explore the World. I remember that day as it was yesterday. …

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What Is Love?

As an Editor-in-Chief of Global Storybook I have the great benefit of having my own column, where I can yap about nada. Or about things that matter to me.  And this week I want to share my latest thoughts on the most important topic in this World – love. I have recently come to realize just how this whole love …

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How I Got Admitted To The Top School (Plus My Application Essay)

Last week I've made an exciting announcement that I was accepted into the school of my dreams - New York University (NYU), in just one week.  And since some of you might be applying to your own schools soon, I wanted to share a bit of my personal experience about the application process.  So let's talk education. In my opinion, a Master's ...
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What to Pack For the Arctic Circle

A few months ago, as my very first trip to the Arctic Circle in the Finnish Lapland was drawing closer, I slowly began panicking.  What do I pack for the Arctic Circle?  A sweater? (Yes).  A pair of jeans? (No).  A pair of boots – yes, but which kind? After spending countless hours browsing the internet for information, followed by some …

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Best News Ever! I Just Got… Today

Some news are life-changing, well – this is certainly it for me.  I just got my acceptance letter to the school of my dreams!  Yep.  And to think of it – I only applied to it slightly over a week ago.  On a Friday night, before the long, Presidents’ Day, weekend.  Now, isn’t that cool or what? Okay, you are probably wondering …

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Wait, I Am Married, So Why Am I Still Traveling Solo?

A few years ago I found myself in the midst of building my professional career in healthcare, celebrating my latest promotion.  I just stared working for this large nonprofit and everything was going right.  I worked my way up from an entry, to a senior, to a manager position in the span of a year and a half, but there was this one minor …

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The Evolution of Global Storybook’s Logo and Website

Hi guys!  I want to take you with me, for a quick second back in time, to that very moment when Global Storybook was just a vague idea, and show you how everything that you see on this site, came to be. Building the Website: So how do you make a website?  Where do you start?  Do you use a pre-made, generic template, hire …

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Winter Wonderland in Rovaniemi – Santa’s Hometown

Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland is also known officially as… Santa’s hometown!  This beautiful and peaceful town is equally amazing in the Winter, as well as in Summer, Spring and Fall time.  Since one of its major attractions is meeting Santa in his office, a lot of tourists, including myself, come to visit this place in the Winter time. …

Oleksandr Ponomarev – Just Love (A Tu Prosto Kohai)

Oleksandr Ponomarev is a very talented Ukrainian singer, who has a very beautiful, strong and deep voice. I used to be a huge fan of his when I went to my high school in Boryspil, Ukraine. One of the things that I admire about Oleksandr is that he is very romantic and all of his songs are about love, relationships and …

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Welcome to My Office – Global Storybook’s First HQ!

Hello World! I have recently created and posted a video on my Facebook wall about this "little" office space that I have, and from where I do all my work (whenever I am in New York, that is).  I decided to supplement it with some photos so that you could see better how this space looks like, and how I ...
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All You Need to Be Impossibly French

Book:  “All You Need to Be Impossibly French” Author:  Helena Frith Powell Publisher:  Plume, Penguin Group, 2006 Known as some of the most elegant, glamorous and intelligent women in the World, French are the whole package.  But what is it about their appeal?  Do they possess any special qualities that the rest of us lack?  Do they know something that we don’t? …