Bye bye, Norway

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I am leaving my safe, little home in Norway in only four days, travelling all the way to Indonesia for a month. I’ll be working as a volunteer research assistant, handling wild animals in both terrestrial and marine sites, diving in some of the worlds most species rich waters with the most amazing coral reefs and getting my diving certificate. It all seems a bit unreal still, there’s been so much to pack and prepare for this trip that I haven’t had much time to think of the actual trip itself yet! I’m bringing my Nikon D7000 + a GoPro 3+ Black camera so that I can get some cool underwater shoots, but there’s no internet where I’m going, so all the pictures and videos will be uploaded here after I get back. For the first time in years I finally feel like there’s nothing keeping me here in Norway, and that it’s time to do whatever I want without having to consider anyone else. The feeling of no strings attached is both extremely relieving and a bit scary, but right now it feels kinda nice not knowing what the future brings. This is going to be an adventure for life, and I can’t wait to get there!

Dyreparken i Kristiansand – Norwegian zoo in Kristiansand

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Summer means our yearly visit to the Norwegian Zoo in Kristiansand, with my two dear friends Camilla and Elisabeth! We always try to go before the busiest summer months start, simply because it can be so stressful to walk around and look at the animals when there’s literately thousands of people trying to do the same. Just like last year, we picked a perfect day! There were so few people, and the weather wasn’t too hot and sunny, so the animals were all active and easy to spot. We even got to see some proper lion action (as well as the tigers!), which rarely happens since they usually just sleep in the shade when it’s hot. I’ve been to quite a few zoo’s, but I got to say that there’s no other zoo that can even come close to the one in Kristiansand! Always a great success, as it was this year as well (:

Lily of the valley

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Ever since I was a little girl, a spring time tradition has been to pick a huge bouquet of Lily of the Valley and give to my grandmother (and usually also one for mum!). After she passed away, the tradition was still kept alive, and every year me and my dad go out together and pick the biggest bouquet possible and put it in a vase on her grave. This flower means a lot to me, it is one of my favourites. When I was 18 I got a  memorial tattoo for grandma of this flower, and whenever I see them or smell them, I think of all the nice memories I have of her.

Oh, please tell me, how deep might these seas be

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Me, my dad and my sister went on our first boat ride for the summer a couple of days ago, and I actually remembered to bring my camera with me! It’s so nice being back home and breathe in the fresh salt water air again, I wasn’t aware of how much I actually missed these little things while staying in Edinburgh. There is truly no place like home, especially during the summer!

Back home in Norway!

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I’ve been home for almost a week now and the weather’s been sun sun and more sun ever since I got back. So incredible nice to be  home with my family and just relax and do whatever I want without stressing about exams. I’ve been really busy since I got back, my days have been filled with things to do from morning to evening, and I have so many photos to share already!

Edinburgh at its best

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It’s been a bit quiet here lately, but here are some photos taken the last couple of weeks! I’ve just been enjoying my freedom after I finished exams, trying to make the most of each day I have left in Edinburgh before going back home to Norway for the summer. Only a couple of days left here, and it feels so strange…Edinburgh is truly starting to feel like home and it’s going to be weird not being here for 3 months over the summer. Edinburgh in my heart<3

 

Pretty Edinburgh

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I’m done with my exams for this semester, and can finally take some time to enjoy how incredible beautiful Edinburgh is right now. The Meadows is absolutely breathtaking, so if you’re in the area: go take a look! Definitely worth getting a little fresh air and a couple of minutes of freedom, especially if you’re a student revising for your exams right now (feel your pain, hang in there!). Hoping to get a lot of days outside this month before I head back to Norway for the summer, crossing my fingers that most of the days will be filled with sunshine!

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