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Don’t. Turn. On. The. Lights. Vol. 3

April 13, 2018 Friday the 13th is often thought of as the scariest day of the year, except for the Halloween, perhaps. Some believe it is just an “unlucky” day, others think that it is more prone to “supernatural” happenings (ghosts, evil spirits, bigfoot sightseeings, UFOs, etc.) while others attribute its fear to a very old superstition which stems from …

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The Race Issue. Vol. 2

April 6, 2018 April 4th, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary since the assassination of the prominent African-American leader, Dr. Martin Luther King. Fast-forward five decades – a lot has changed, yet much remains the same. Racism, bigotry, sexism, intolerance and discrimination, unequal opportunities, fearmongering – feelings and attitudes which are not always visible, or even conscious, yet they are still …

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I’m Starting a New Chapter. Vol. 1

March 30, 2018 I know that I’ve been missing in action for a while. In fact, just staring at a blank, white screen gives me chills. How do I start writing from “scratch” again? Where do I begin? Can I just click “reset” and start all over again? Yes? Let’s do it then. There are so many things that I …

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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), papermaking, compass, and gunpowder.  But it also gave the World porcelain.  And silk.  And tea.  And alcohol.  And even an umbrella …

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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. Below you will find my inner thoughts on the subject, which I …

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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. …