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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? …

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Your Guide to Ukrainian Superstitions

Every World culture has its own set of superstitious beliefs, and Ukraine is no exception.  Growing up in Ukraine, I learned every single one of them, and believe me – there are a lot.  In fact, Ukraine is very rich in its traditions and norms, and everyone – from young to old, believes and follows the same signs and omens for …

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Step Inside a Fairytale: Meet Lake Bled

There is no perfect word to describe one’s emotions when one meets the breathtaking Lake Bled for the very first time.  This awe-inspiring place has been attracting hundreds of tourists since it’s first rise into the World’s spotlight.  But even before it became a household name – lake Bled was already known as the top destination inside Slovenia for the officials, royals, and celebrities alike. So, …

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My Happy Childhood – in My Small, Unhappy World.

I never thought that writing about your own life can be so difficult.  You might think that you’ve certainly got all the facts right, and yes you know the story, since umm you’re the lead character in it.  But looking back into the past requires a certain level of objectivity and worse yet… deeper introspection, and for those that didn’t …

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An (Almost) Perfect August Weekend in Alberta, Canada

August is a perfect month for weekend getaways, and since it’s that month of the year again – let me take you along on this trip that happened on one very warm, sunny, and beautiful weekend in August of last year (2015). Weekend Destination: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Alberta is one of the ten provinces in Canada, located on the Western side.  Two …