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    A lil bit pretentious on a Saturday night ♥


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    Berlin part I





































    Spent the past week in Berlin with my german class, walking through memorials and museums and speaking very little Deutsch but taking very many pictures. . 


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    29.9.16





    Har egentlig litt lyst til å lage en ordentlig portfolio en gang.


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    (Perth and Phillip Island) Australia part VI

    Photographs taken while we vistied Perth and Phillip island during our Australia trip in 2015.



    Being the daughter of two metal heads, visiting the grave of Bon Scott was a must when visiting Freemantle/Perth. 








    Magnus outside Freemantle prison.


    Visiting Phillip island.



















    Visiting the Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island.
     


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    Australia part V

    Having completely forgotten about my Australian photographs, this post was made almost one and a half year after the trip was made. Although I personally don't remember everything that happened and everything that's pictured, I still enjoy looking at the photographs from the amazing springbreak we had in 2015. 















    I don't remember the name of this city, but I remember climbing up a tower and getting this fantastic view.











    I really love how the landscapes of Australia are so open, it makes me feel very free.





    The twelve apostles, probably one of the most photographed places in Australia.






     


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    Some Japan snapshots

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    A pretty tree on a parking lot in Kyoto.

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    Overlooking Kyoto from the top of a hill.

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    In the city of Kyoto.

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    Flowers in the memorial park in Hiroshima

    Walking in the rain to the metro in Tokyo


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    Cherry blossom trees in a park in Tokyo.


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    Temple in Kyoto


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    Hiroshima

    Fitting into our tradition of attempting to "be as many places as possible to assure people that we really tried to experience the place", we visited countless cities during our stay (Hikone, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima and Osaka). One of the days we went to Hiroshima, fuelling my love for history and museums. I found Hiroshima very special, as I found the city being almost built around the catastrophe. It was as if the entire city was a museum.





    The building on the right side (The Genbaku Dome), is one of the only buildings that was left after the bomb attack.


     


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    10.07.2015

    Det er alltid så rart å gå igjennom gamle innlegg jeg har glemt å poste. Dette innlegget var ment å skulle bli publisert den tiende juli i fjor sommer, men ble liksom borte blant andre utkast.




     


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    Kyoto part II

    One of the days in Kyoto, we took the Shinkansen to a place in the outskirts of Kyoto. There we visited the Arashiyama bamboo forest, which despite looking amazing, was incredibly hard to capture in a photograph. 



























     


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    Kyoto part I

    As Hikone is pretty close to Kyoto, we spent quite a lot of time there, which was pretty cool for me because there they actually had a lotttt of cherry blossom trees (which was sort of what I came to Japan for). Most of our time there was spent walking from temple to temple, photographing pretty buildings, people and trees :)

    The first time we went there, we visited several temples. 


















     


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    9.7.16

















    Photographs of my friend Nora

    Som en slags sommertradisjon, fotograferte jeg Nora i går. Det er fint å ha masse tid og inspirasjon til å ta bilder igjen, også er det veldig fint å ha relativt fint vær og folk som frivillig stiller opp som modeller. Jeg er i Sverige på ferie før jeg flytter hjem til Norge igjen, og det jeg savnet i Malaysia har jeg jo nå her og omvendt. Kjenner at akkurat nå er det ufattelig deilig å være "hjemme", og ser frem til å være litt nordmann igjen :)


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    Hikone

    Leaving the humid Malaysian weather for colder, fresher air, my family and I spent the spring break in Japan about a month ago. It was amazing and I definitely think I'll go again if I ever get the chance to! The list of places we managed to visit (and I managed to capture) is really really long, so hopefully between exams and revision and intense last minute (and long overdue) cramming, I'll post pictures from each place in separate blog posts.

    The first place on our list was Hikone, a "little" city close to Kyoto. I found it really cool, and the similarities with Norway were huge. It was really nice to be in a place surrounded by mountains and quieter streets again! 


    Hikone castle, one of the most popular tourist attractions of Hikone.



    The main reason as for why I really really really wanted to visit Japan; Cherry blossoms <333





    View from the top of Hikone castle.







     


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    Carmen 19/12/15















    Despite the sadness I felt because of the fact that there was no snow to be seen until after christmas, the weeks I had in Norway during christmas break were amazing. I finally got to photograph again, and I really love the cold weather. Carmen was so kind (thank uuu) that she (almost willingly) modeled for me, and even though Oslo was so foggy in some places that I could barely see what I photographed, I'm quite happy with the result.

     

    Akkurat nå er jeg i midten av sånn sirka femhundreogtrettifiretusentrehundreogførti tentamener, og er mildt sagt bittelitt stresset. Blogging er i hvertfall ikke prioritet, og ikke mye annet er det heller. Er heldigvis allerede gjennom tre av seks naturfagsprøver, tysk muntlig, høring og lesing, en av tre mattetentamener og en av to engelsktentamener. Gleder meg veldig til dette er over og jeg kan redigere bilder igjen ahhahah.


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    28.12.2015

    Å legge alle tentamener til etter juleferien burde resultert i dødsstraff, og jeg tør påstå at jeg aldri har brukt så mye tid på pugging som jeg har denne terminen. Det er for såvidt ikke så ekstremt mye annet å finne på, men det hadde vært litt fint med pause også.

    Jeg er på ferie (hahaha) hjemme i Norge, og har brukt de siste dagene på å møte venner, nyte det kalde været og trekke frem det veldig lite brukte kameraet. Jeg har dratt til Oslo to ganger, og beundret det fantastisk fine julemarkedet i spikersuppa. Jeg har også kjøpt meg en sølvfarget kjole, noe som er ganske imponerende siden jeg er sannsynligvis et av de minst shoppelystne menneskene jeg vet om (kanskje med unntak av faren min).

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    På fredag dro jeg inn til byen med Mia og det var veldig fint. Oslo er utrolig fin om vinteren, selvom det hadde vært veldig kult med i hvert fall litt snø til jul. Det var så mye lys over alt, og julestemningen var på topp!

    Forrige uke besøkte jeg også den videregående skolen jeg kanskje skal begynne på, og hvor nesten alle vennene mine går. Det var så fint å treffe mange av dem igjen, og det er litt rart å tenke på at jeg muligens skal begynne der til høsten. Det er også litt rart å tenke på at jeg snart skal flytte hjem til Norge igjen, jeg begynner liksom å bli litt vant med Malaysia nå ahhaha.

    Jeg savnet å ta bilder, og på søndag dro jeg inn til Oslo for å møte Carmen igjen. Det var veldig gøy å få tatt litt bilder igjen, og Carmen er så flink til å fotografere! Jeg pådro meg en forkjølelse som et resultat av å måtte ta av meg jakka hver andre meter fordi Carmen plutselig fant et bra sted å ta bilder, men jeg er ganske sikker på at det var verdt det oops

    Pcen min er lagt igjen i Kuala Lumpur, fordi når jeg allerede hadde stappet inn alle skolebøkene mine (inkludert en gigantisk skissebok for kunstprosjektet mitt) i kofferten min, sa foreldrene mine stopp. Følgen av dette blir da at jeg ikke får redigert noen bilder fra Norge før jeg kommer tilbake til Malaysia i Januar (ikke at jeg er så ekstremt god på å oppdatere her anyway ahhaha). 


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    Phuket





































    My dad turned 50 years old two weeks ago, and we celebrated in Phuket, Thailand. It was beautiful, and it was cool to be a place where I actually know some of my friends in Norway have been (:


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    På siden




    Det er få ganger jeg virkelig har tid til å ta bilder lenger, og det er som regel når jeg er midt i hardcore utsetting av leksene og prøvepuggingen min. Det er egentlig litt trist, at det omtrent er fysisk umulig for meg å gjøre noe som ikke har med skole å gjøre lengre, uten å ha en stemme i bakhodet som sier at jeg burde gjøre noe nyttig i stedet for. Som om det eneste jeg skal gjøre er det som kan få meg til å bli ett bedre menneske, "utnytte mitt fulle potensiale" og tenke på fremtiden. Noen ganger har jeg ikke lyst til å pugge, trene eller tegne meningsfulle tegninger, eller prøve å være flink på noen som helst måte.

    Jeg har lyst til å ligge på gulvet og se opp i taket mens jeg hører på musikk så lavt at jeg liksom må konsentrere meg om å høre hver gang vokalisten høyner stemmen. Jeg har lyst til å skrive ned fulle sangtekster i kladdebøkene mine fordi de nevner stjerner og måner og kjærlighet ofte nok til å få meg interessert. Jeg har lyst til å lese gamle tegneserier jeg fikk til jul da jeg var tretten og redigere to år gamle bilder av vennene mine.

    Det er noe jeg har lyst til å bli bedre på, å gjøre ting fordi jeg har lyst til det. Noe som er litt ironisk i grunn, siden det er nesten det motsatte av hva jeg prøver å få frem. At jeg ikke har lyst til å gjøre noe for å bli bedre på det, men for å ha det fint. Ikke fordi noen synes jeg burde gjøre det. Ikke fordi det nødvendigvis hjelper meg med noe som helst. Bare fordi jeg har lyst. 

    I mellomtiden har jeg kladdebøkene, spillelistene og kameraet mitt sittende ventende på hylla mi. Og om det ikke er motivasjon nok, så vet ikke jeg.


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    Bali 2015

    Bali's beautiful, and if you ever go there you'll see that it is not really that big of a surprise we decided to go there again this midterm break. It was so great to get a week and a half without the horrible haze that was surrounding Kuala Lumpur at the time, and instead spend it with a blue sky and beaches.



    I hadn't been able to photograph in weeks, and I was beyond happy when I saw how nice the hotel area was. There were flowers, sculptures and ponds everywhere, and I kind of was in "photo-heaven" hahaha.





    I'm not completely sure what you would call it in english, but in Norwegian we would call the beaches "langgrunne". You could walk pretty far without having to swim, which was nice because I really like walking along beaches ahhahah.





    The ocean was so blue and it was so nice.

    One day we went into Ubud, a "little" town (apparently everybody else than norwegians find cities with 30,000 people small) a few kilometers away from our hotel. There we visited a very cute monkey park, which gave a lot of funny photo motives. 




    I really like the look of the middle monkey, "help me".



    Apparently (according to wikipedia), Ubud is one of Bali's major art and culture centres which really isn't that surprising. Ubud has a lot of markets with lots of art, and it really gave my mum a chance to show of her impressive haggling skills that she has developed after buying nice Buddha pictures throughout our previous trips. I was amazed, as I was barely able to buy a bracelet. 


    Sunsets & driving >>>





    There were even ducks (???) geese(???) walking around our hotel area, which I found incredibly fun. 





    And lots of squirrels...like after a while it wasn't even that surprising to see one anymore ahhaha.

























    So yeah, Bali is really amazing and I had such a great time! I have some black and white photographs I really like, that I'm gonna post in a separate post later. 


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    Høstferie






    Vi har endelig fått høstferie, og som i fjor er vi i Bali, Indonesia. Det er utrolig vakkert her, og jeg gleder meg til å ta masse fine bilder her. Jeg trengte litt ferie nå, og alt går mye bedre enn jeg trodde det ville, som er litt fint. 


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    Blågrå




    Fordi på en merkelig måte hører disse bildene sammen inne i hodet mitt

     

    Has been a lot of old photographs recently, few english posts and little creativity. I'll get back on track soon, I just need to finish off things first.


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    Monochrome







    Black and white gives such a different feel to images.


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    sommerfølelse







    2013 og 2014 sommerene var jo ganske fine de og, selvom 2015 var herlig.


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    rosa




    The pomegranate smoothie was gross (but I'm still smiling)


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    Summer snapshots

    1. Painting for my Art project // 2. Probably the warmest day we've had the whole summer // 3. // 4. // 5. On our way to IKEA. The locations on the way were flawless. // 6. Important selfie bc rainy day.

    1. A perfect avenue of trees that I found with Nora. // 2. Swimming ♥ //3. Picnic by the harbour // 4.Biking on a way too small bike oops // 5.Tried to copy a flower, and I'm actually kind of satisfied with the result! // 6. Sunsets by the lake ♥


    1. Yet another wonderful avenue ♥ // 2. The lamp in my grandmother's hallway gives such an interesting reflection to the ceiling. // 3. Reunited with my prints & polaroids ♥ // 4. Sunniva and Mia ♥ // 5. Important selfie taken about 1 minute after I arrived at my cabin // Waffles ♥




    1. What a beautiful tree (from February oops) ♥ // 2. Carmen and I in the pretty backyard in Oslo, captured by Siri (I think??). // 3. While the other's photographed Sondre in the bushes, I photographed the flowers on the top. // 4. Robbers cartoon (from February). // 5. Bangkok airport, on our way to Norway. // 6. Mia, Henrikke and I. I have no idea where Marie was while we took this photo, ahahahha ♥


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    15.09.2015


    1. Walking from the bus stop to my grandmother's apartment after being in Oslo with Julia, one of the definitely warmest days we have had this summer. // 2. Sunset in the streets of Sydney, Australia. Definitely one of my favourite photographs taken with my phone.

     


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    Nora i farger




























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    Sommerminner














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    Denne høsten

              Denne høsten skal jeg.....

              bli bedre på  / å huske og ta bilder med kameraet.
              lære  / mer Tysk (har falt litt ut av det i det siste)
              prøve  / å forbedre karakterene mine i Matte og Kjemi
              ferdiggjøre  / sketchboka mi (inkpen ♥)
              lese  / Looking for Alaska av John Green (nesten ferdig)
              huske  / at jeg ikke skal la eksamensstresset ta helt overhånd, og at alle føler at de ikke forstår ting noen ganger.
              reise  / til Bali i oktober og Thailand (Phuket for å være helt nøyaktig) i november.
              ønske  / at de andre i klassen min (i tillegg til meg) klarer å ha det fint denne høsten og ikke tenke for mye på skole.

     

    (inspirert av Mariell)


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    Waldeinsamkeit

    Waldeinsamkeit (German)

    A feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods and a connectedness to nature. 

     





    Decided to start a "words" project with pictures related to untranslatable words, most of them found at this(link) website


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    Lurön

    A few days ago, we took our boat to this little island in Vänern (Swedens largest lake, Europe's third largest lake and the lake where we have our cabin) called Lurön. The differences between Lurön and the other thousands of islands close to our cabin are many. Here you have restaurants, hotels and a beautiful pedestrian trail that goes all around the island. The trail goes through forests, swamps (as thin wooden planks laid out carefully) and passes by tiny, red houses called "stugor" or "smultronställer" (smultronställe literally means "place of wild strawberries", but in the Swedish sense of the term it means a location that feels like home). 

    I thought that was an interesting word I could teach you guys as it is untranslatable.

    Smultronstället:
     
    (n.) lit.
     "place of wild strawberries" a special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; a personal idyll free from stress or sadness.

    This(link) is a pretty good article if you're still not sure what exactly it is 





    The harbour is nice, especially the avenue of trees that go across it, it's really idyllic. 



    I wonder who hung up those pieces of cloth in the tree.


    I'm not sure what these stairs are actually called, but they're used to walk over electric fences without getting electrocuted. In all my life living in a village surrounded by farms, I had never ever noticed any of these before. I found it quite a funny concept.

    One of the most beautiful trees I know.



    If it hadn't been for all the worms and who knows what else in the grass, I would've immediately laid down. What a place.

    I found this house extremely beautiful, look at those bluebells and that wonderful, strong tree and that stunning red colour and the pretty windows.





    Had a hard time choosing which pictures of the windows I liked the most, I love love love those old-fashioned white-framed windows.

    I love this island so much.


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    Sukkerspinnsrosa






    (The title means cotton candy-pink in Norwegian, like the pale pink and purple colour of my favourite flowers)

    Obsesser fortsatt litt over de norske markblomstene, og jeg elsker de duse rosafargene som er over alt her. Litt greit å komme seg bort fra den store grå byen for en liten stund, til ett sted med få mennesker og maksimal avslapning. Ja, og blomster. Masse blomster.


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    Henrikke & Synne i solen














    Finally reunited with two of my friends last week. I was initially sleeping over at Henrikke's house, however we decided to walk the few minutes it takes to get to Synne's house for a 9 pm photoshoot. It turned out to be a great idea, as the light was absolutely perfect for some really summery photos. They were great models, and these photos are only a few of the two hundred pictures we took that evening.


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    Julia












    After almost a year, I finally got to meet my friend Julia again. We first went to the botanical garden, but as it was the warmest summer day we've had in Norway so far this year, it soon became a struggle to even walk. We therefore went to a cafe to get something to eat and drink before heading over to the Norwegian castle to photograph in the park there (Slottsparken). The huge trees in the park soon became our most important prop, as it gave shade enough to give interesting shadows, and shade enough for the photographer to keep cold (because even though I have lived in Malaysia/an oven for a year, I still can't function when it's over 20 degrees). It was such a great day, and I'm glad I got to spend it in Oslo and with Julia :)

    If you want to see the pictures Julia took of me, you can visit this(link) blogpost.


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    A poem by Fortesa Latifi

     

    I found this poem (text?) written by Fortesa Latifi (click here to get to her Tumblr), a few months ago. It left me almost in tears, and it is such an important piece of writing. I feel like everyone should read it, as rape culture is an incredibly important issue.

     


     

    Your best friend was born and raised in this town
    and being born and raised in this town means loving basketball.
    Scratch that- it means worshipping.
    The game, the team, the fanfare of it all.
    So when you go to a concert on a warm October night
    and see the team there, you ask them if you could all
    take a picture together and they say yes.

     

    In 1977, Roman Polanski raped a 13-year old girl.
    He was arrested and charged with rape by use of drugs,
    perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious acts upon a child
    under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.
    When he learned he would likely be facing imprisonment
    and deportation, Polanski fled to France. In 2009, Polanski
    was detained at Zurich Airport. While he was in custody,
    over 100 people in the film industry publicly called for his
    release in a petition. Since 1979, he has won twenty awards
    for his filmmaking.

    As the flash of the camera is going off, the shooting guard of the basketball team
    who has rosary beads tattooed around his wrists
    slips his hands between your best friend's legs
    sliding his fingers into her through her leggings.
    In the picture, her mouth is opened into an "o"
    of surprise.

     

    In 1985, Bill Cosby allegedly raped Barbara Bowman.
    42 other women have come forward with their
    accounts of sexual assault and rape at the hands
    of Bill Cosby, with the earliest incident dating back to
    1965. Although accusations of sexual assault and rape
    have chased Cosby for decades, it has not impacted his
    life, career, or marriage. In 2009, he won the Mark Twain
    Prize for American Humor and in 2010, he won the
    Marian Anderson Award, which honors individuals
    who have changed society through their art.


    You keep asking what's wrong and when she tells you,
    your heart drops into your feet. 20 minutes later,
    you watch him get kicked out of the concert.
    So you follow him.
     

    In 1990, Charlie Sheen shot his fiancé, Kelly Preston, in the arm.
    Six years later, he was arrested for repeatedly beating
    his girlfriend, Brittany Ashland. He pleaded no contest to battery
    charges and got two years probation and a $2,800 fine.  
    In 2006, his wife Denise Richards got a restraining order against him
    after repeated threats of violence from Sheen.
    In 2010, he was the highest-paid actor on TV.

     

    And you scream. And your best friend sits on a curb
    across the street and she cries. And you scream.
    And she'll never talk about this night again.
    And he asks you what the fuck you want from him.
    And you say leave her alone leave us alone.
    And you scream. And she cries.

     

    In 2000, Eminem's wife Kim Mathers attempted suicide
    after he performed a song detailing his desire to violently
    murder her while beating a blow-up doll on stage that was
    meant to resemble her. During that same year, Eminem released
    a song expressing hatred toward his mother and his longing
    to rape her. "Just bend over like a slut OK Ma? Oh, now he's raping
    his own mother, abusing a whore, snorting coke, and we gave him
    the Rolling Stone cover?.
    Despite a history of violence and songs that
    are rife with misogynistic, abusive, and homophobic themes,
    Eminem has won 15 Grammy Awards throughout his career and in
    2013, was awarded the Global Icon Award at the MTV European Music Awards.


    She didn't ask you to touch her she didn't want this
    you have no right she didn't want this how could you
    how could you how could you.

    In 2009, Chris Brown was charged with felony assault 

    for a vicious attack against his girlfriend Rihanna on the
    night before the Grammys. Brown was sentenced to five years
    of probation and 1,400 hours of community service.
    In 2012, Chris Brown won his first Grammy. In 2015,
    he sat in the audience of the Grammy Awards as
    President Obama issued a PSA imploring the country
    to help stop violence against women and girls.
    "Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes,
    and get us thinking and talking about what matters."

    That night, Chris Brown was nominated for the
    Best Urban Contemporary Album Award.


    Three months later, you're watching a basketball game with your friends
    and the boy with the tattoo of the rosary beads makes a 3-pointer
    and your best friend looks away from the TV but that doesn't stop
    the stadium from erupting in cheers and they're chanting his name
    and they're chanting his name and they're chanting his name.

    ---

    Fortesa Latifi - POWER PIGS

    (MAKE A MOVIE

    MAKE US LAUGH

    DROP A BEAT

    MAKE A THREE-POINTER

    WE'LL FORGIVE YOU)

     


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    (on the road) Australia part IV

    Soooo, after we had spent the night in snowy mountains, we drove a little further. We decided to camp in the "wild nature of Australia". However, there's a lot of regulations on where you're allowed to sleep, so we ended up sleeping in a camping place were the only wild thing was that it was no wifi.

    We also went for a walk in the beautiful landscape in the mountains. It was such a nice weather, as it wasn't too warm nor too cold.






    From our camping place, there were kangaroos everywhere!


     

    We got to get up really close to the kangaroos, and it was sort of scary but also sort of very extremely amazingly cool.

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    Me and Magnus went for a walk in the "wild" nature camping place. When we had walked pretty far into the woods, we heard some really loud noises from the forest. It sounded like some really huge animal (possibly a dinosaur??), as it made these really loud noises which sounded like tramping. It turned out to be a small kangaroo.


    We drove past this huge open space, which apparently once had been a city. The people there had literally moved the whole city because of lack of water about 50 years ago, and there were few signs of human settlement. Pretty amazing.



    Australian landscapes are incredibly beautiful.








    The ground was so red, my shoes almost looked dull and colourless compared to it.



    I'm finally in Norway, where I will be until the 5th of July, when I'm heading over to Sweden. I still have about 5 more posts about Australia , but I think I will probably take a break and post other stuff instead over the summer :)


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    (on the road) Australia part III

    So we travelled further through the great landscapes of Australia. 

    We travelled The Great Ocean Road, and we could see many amazing beaches like this on our way.

    We parked our car and slept at Batemans Bay, New South Wales. The weather was rather windy and rainy, but as a person that generally enjoys the cold, that wasn't a big problem for me. I went alone to the beach, and it was great getting to walk alone in nature for once. I miss quiet places like that.





    After spending the night in Batemans Bay, we hit the road once again. I have a countless amount of pictures like this, the road and landscape seemed endless.





    Look at how beautiful the Australian landscape is!





    We then slept at a place called Snowy Mountains, (even though I did not see any mountains nor snow). We went for a walk in the forest and it was beautiful. It was very strange, as at first glance the forest almost looked European. However, when you took a closer look you could see that there was something different about the plants there. 

    That was also the place we saw our first live kangaroos, and began to realise that that wasn't a strange sight around there. Nevertheless, it was an incredible sight, seeing the kangaroos jump through the grass about 50 meters away from us. The sunset also contributed to the fantastic sight by giving this really pretty yellow, almost orange light, perfect for photos!







    I spotted a wild apple tree, and despite my fear of snakes (and who knows what else) which lived in the tall grass, I immediately ran to capture it. There's just something about wild fruit trees...







    Next part will come soon :)


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    (on the road) Australia part II

    After four days in Sydney, we went to camp for ten days. Four people, one RV, ten days on the road. We were pretty sick of each other after a while, however it was an amazing experience. It was a really great way to see the "real" Australia. I took extremely many pictures, so turns out I will have to make a pretty high amount of posts about Australia. But hey, who doesn't like some extra pictures from Australia eh?



    I have this weird obsession with Orange trees. I just love the dark green colour contrast with the orange fruit. It's gonna be yet another thing I'll miss in the cold Scandinavian winter.

    We found these in the backyard of an antique shop I managed to drag my parents into when we were in this little city. We were literally just stopping at the gas station to refill and buy ice cream, but I think I just found photo heaven instead. The antique shop was amazing, and I really loved the atmosphere there. It was like going back to the 50s. They also had buddha statues in the garden (and orange trees), two things I'm very fond of.

    These grew outside our van, and I literally went out barefooted in just an over sized tshirt and shorts to photograph them. It was about fifteen degrees outside and wind, but the flowers were just too beautiful.

    We went to this zoo, which was extremely cute. We, as four completely stunned Norwegians, legit asked the man in the ticket counter where in the zoo we could find kangaroos. Little did we know that if you just walk into the forest, you'll see kangaroos about every 10th minute. I'm not surprised he looked a little confused at first!



    I love deer deerly ;)



    And giraffes as well!

    And zebras!




    This one was called an Emperor Tamarin Monkey (I think). I read about how on earth it got the name, and found out it's because of its very characteristic moustache, which looked like Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany's moustache!

    I have finally made a lot of posts that are almost ready for posting, so maybe it won't take three weeks between each post for a little while?


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    Blomster







    Enda noen flere gamle bilder fra i fjor sommer som jeg ikke hadde publisert.

    Kom hjem fra en klassetur til Borneo igår, så når jeg er ferdig med Australiabildene mine kommer det nok ett innlegg derifra. Borneo var forøvrig fantastisk, og det var virkelig en tur jeg kommer til å huske. Vi tilbragte 5 dager i Sabah, hvor vi hadde mange aktiviteter som for eksempel en 18 kilometer lang tur gjennom jungelen, båtturer, natt-turer gjennom jungelen og dyreparkbesøk. Vi så til og med orangutanger! 

    Gleder meg masse til å publisere bildene her :)


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    Sydney (Australia part I)

    First stop on our trip to Australia was Sydney, the largest city in Australia. It was such a nice city, and I definitely enjoyed it there. It looked exactly like a European city, and it really helped me cope with my homesickness, hahaha

    From a park in Sydney, it was absolutely beautiful!

    The University of Sydney. It was such a nice building, and I wish I got to photograph more there!

    From the botanical garden, before we headed over to the opera house. I have lots of other pictures of the same flowers there, but I really like this one :))

    Sydney Harbour Bridge!

    Sunset on the opera house.



    Apparently the Coca-Cola sign is kinda famous, but I don't remember why hahahahhaha

    National Geographic next?

    Bondi beach! (bondaaayy beach)





    The opera house!

    Next part will be from when we went camping for 10 days, but first I'm gonna spend five days in Sabah with my class :)

     


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    18.05.2015



    Begynner å få tilbake fotolysten, noe som er litt fint. Har vært temmelig demotivert til å gjøre noe annet enn å høre på musikk og tegne den siste tida, og fotografering har liksom vært laveste prioritet helt siden jeg kom til malaysia virker det som. Jeg får sommerferie den 26(??) Juni, så da bærer det rett hjem til norge. Blir superdeilig med sommerferie nå, og jeg gleder meg masse til å treffe vennene mine igjen. Skal bli fint å endelig ha noen å fotografere igjen, hahahaha. 

    I det siste har det enten vært utrolig mange fine solnedganger, eller så legger jeg bare mer merke til dem ettersom jeg klør i fingrene etter å få fotografere igjen. Uansett, jeg fikk i hvert fall knipset noen få bilder av den (og i den ahahaha) på mandag. Er en god stund siden jeg tok selvportretter sist nå. Åh som jeg gleder meg til å komme meg tilbake på hytta og få tatt bilder i solnedgangene igjen!

    Jeg har redigert ferdig bildene fra australia, men ettersom det er så sinnsykt mange, skal jeg publisere dem i tre deler. Skal prøve å starte å publisere dem så fort som mulig :)


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    Georgetown

    In the beginning of March, we decided to go to Georgetown, the capital of Penang, a state in Malaysia. Georgetown was truly amazing, one of my by far favorite cities we have visited!



    I'm developing a really great obsession for Chinese lanterns ahhahaha.



    Georgetown was really colourful, and so unique!



    I took like 500 pictures of this bicycle, what a motive.


    I like this building so much, it's so charming awww.



    There's loads of street art in Georgetown, it was so beautiful. Literally every single corner of the city had its own art that made it unique and special.

    Georgetown has a lot of old buildings, and architecture that's very different from the rest of Malaysia. 






     



    We visited a camera museum as well. I was totally in heaven, they even had artificial darkrooms, and studios that looked like the ones from the late 1800s! The museum also had a very cool gift shop.

    This is one of the greatest ceilings I have ever seen, hahahahha.

    A great cafe with lots of writing on the wall. We even found something some Norwegian friends of us had written! 



    That's it! I've barely started editing the pictures from Australia, and as there's 1038 or something of them, this might take a while (what a surprise).

    Oh and if you like the pictures I take with my phone, you can follow @minathephotographer on instagram ;)

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    Vietnam

    So I finally took the time to actually post these pictures ahhahah. These are the pictures from when we were in Vietnam for two weeks, and they were taken in February! 

    We started the vacation in Cần Thơ, which is the fourth largest city in Vietnam. 




    The second day we went on a boating trip on the Mekong river to see the floating markets. It was quite amazing, as we were there at 4 am in the morning. It was completely dark outside, and the sunset was amazing.



    The sunsets here are actually so different from the ones I'm used to in scandinavia, the sun is literally like a round orange ball! (which every one of my friends thought was a weird description of the sun, like yes Mina....the sun is a round orange circle in the sky....).


    Floating markets. Notice the hats! (I had to buy one because....all of the reasons).





    We went into one of the small cities by the river. Literally the whole Vietnam is one big city, there are so many people there! It was beautiful though, there were flowers and happy people everywhere.









    This garden was the garden of a small hotel by the river. It was so beautiful!

    LOOK HOW PINEAPPLES GROW! IT'S JUST.....WHAT! IT'S PINK!





    They called these "monkey bridges". It's basically the tiniest bridge you'll ever walk on, and if it wasn't bad enough that the whole construction is almost falling apart while you walk on it, there are SNAKES AND OTHER STUFF IN THE RIVER UNDERNEATH. I was almost too scared to walk over.



    There were loads of flower markets in the city while we were there, I think it's because it was Chinese New Year?















    We then went to Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon if you want to), for a few days. It's the largest city in Vietnam, even though Hanoi (which is the second largest city) is the capital.





    We lived in an area with loads of tourists. We had walked for approximately 5 minutes, when two guys on a motorcycle tried to steal my mom's purse. Nice.

    We went to an art museum, which must be the best art museum I have ever visited. It was such a nice building!



    The pattern on the floor was beautiful.



    One of the last days we were there, we visited the Independence Palace. It was a pretty cool building!







    Sorry for not posting earlier, I promise that I will try to update more regularly.


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    Lankawi

    A month ago we decided to visit a place in Malaysia (for once), and we visited Langkawi for 4 days. Langkawi is an archipelago(if you don't think that's a cool word then please go away) of 104 islands in the Andaman sea, 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia (I got this information from Wikipedia by the way).

    We didn't travel much in Langkawi, so everything I write about here is from the spesific area we stayed at, which I have no clue what was named, but it was pretty close to Oriental Village.

    The view from our hotel room was wonderful. The water was so extremely blue.

    We went into this little village called Oriental Village, there we visited a 3D arts museum. It was super awesome, and we got some pretty cool pictures with our phones.





    The beach close to our hotel area was super nice, and the sunsets were sooooo pretty.



    Me, my dad, my mom and my grandma decided to try one of the SkyCabs(cable car). The tour itself was one of the most terrifying experiences I've ever had, but the view was amazing!

    A slightly scared Mina on the top station of the tour.

    The view looked so magical from up there.

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    Oriental village.

    We went on one of the "duck tours" (always sounds like I'm saying "doctors" when I say it out loud *sigh*). One of the worst trips I've ever been on. It was kind of like a boat and a car combined, but I honestly don't understand why they couldn't just have a boat, as we only drove through a relatively boring forest and spent most of the time in the water. The colour of the water was still pretty nice though.




     
    I have barely started editing my pictures from Vietnam, but it will come sooner or later ok hahaha.

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    Phnom Penh

    Try saying THAT city name 10 times in a row.

    So as per usual, I'm a liiittle bit late but eh. Here's the pictures from the last part of our Cambodia trip, when we stayed for 4 days in the capital, Phnom Penh. These 4 days were amazing, powerful, exciting and a tiny bit sad.

    We visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which earlier was a prison used under the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979. Visiting this museum was such a powerful experience, it left me speechless.
    There was this one part of the museum that showed pictures of all the victims that died in this prison. Thinking about the fact that all of these were real people, many of them young, is terrifying.

    The rules in the prison....woah.



    We also visited The Killing Fields the same day. Also a very powerful and sad experience. This was were they buried (and killed) the prisoners.











    View from the roof of our hotel.





    National Museum.



    We also went to the Royal Palace, such an amazing place.





    Paintings of Cambodian history.


    The last day we went on a boating trip, we got to see a lot of locals fishing, which was fun to watch.





    Soooo that was the last pictures from Cambodia. I SWEAR I'M GONNA TRY UPDATING MORE OFTEN. I'm gonna start posting pictures I took in Langkawi 2 weeks ago, later, and tomorrow I'm going to Vietnam :)


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    Sihanoukville

    Second part of the Cambodia trip was spent in Sihanoukville, a village in the southern part of Cambodia. We stayed there for 6 days, to get some rest before heading over to Phnom Penh.

    The roads in Cambodia are really really really bumpy. Like....why do we even complain in Norway.







    The coast and beaches in Sihanoukville were beautiful.





    I even asked my parents if we could see if we were allowed to go inside this house to photograph. It was just such an amazing and pretty house (♥)

    We went on a boating trip, and Magnus tried diving.








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    Siem Reap

    So as a way of making the chaos i call a blog easier to read, I decided that I'm gonna post the pictures from Cambodia in three separate blog posts (as I went to three different places). I guess I will post after I have edited which maaay take a while, so the next part might get posted in 3 days or 3 years, I have no idea hahaha.

     

    The first place we visited was a small town called Siem Reap, were we stayed for 4 days. Siem Reap is famous for how close it is to the fantastic temple, Ankor Wat, and is a very popular tourist destination in Cambodia.




    Ever since I moved to Asia, I've taken about 40 million pictures of these kinds of flowers :))



    Siem Reap (♥)



    The first day we visited Ankor Wat, it was amazing and so so so huge! I could barely keep my eyes open because of lack of sleep, but the scenery was beautiful.


























    This is literally your view the whole time in Cambodia, there's so much farmland everywere!

    We took a boat through this little village with houses built on stents, it was really different and nice!





    We also took boats inside the forests, which was just incredibly magical.



    And don't you dare telling me that bridges in the top of the trees isn't cool!

    (♥)

     


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    Summing up 2014

    First post this year! Here you have a quick summary of my 2014 in pictures and keywords. I would never imagine in the beginning of this year, how it would turn out. I have met loads of fantastic people, taken a lot of nice photographs and this year has overall been amazing!

    Hope you all had a great 2014, and will have an awesome 2015

     

    January


    This month was snow, skiing, "blue hours", knitted sweaters, photographing, instameets, boots, knee socks, tea, How I Met Your Mother, blue edited pictures, Arctic Monkeys and winged eyeliners.

      

    February


    This month was escaping the cold by going to Tenerife, art, music, Lorde, scarfs, snow, knitted sweaters, cocoa, The Great Gatsby, red sunglasses, tea, catching the sunlight, shopping and hour long bus rides with friends.

     

    March


    This month was photoshoots, adventures in the forest behind my cabin, David Bowie, happiness over more hours with sun, pasta, bicycle trips to "the haunted house" at my cabin, assignments, dresses, instameets, sunsets,

     

    April

    This month was early blossoms, warmth, adventures in the mansion close to my house, flowery dresses, knee socks, sunglasses, Easter break, white flowers, circus and weheartit.

     

    May


    This month was sun, photographing in the forest behind my school, Camp Refugee, May flowers, Quotes, presentations, preparations for my confirmation and my confirmation, Norwegian independent day, may flowers and flowery dresses.

     

    June


    This month was goodbyes (and hello to my newborn cousin, Bea), sun, shared vanilla ice cream with friends on the staircase at the mart, shorts, instameets, exams, summer vacation, photographing with friends in the mansion close to my house, birthday party, One Direction concert, Stockholm and school trips.

     

    July


    This month was boating trips, late night swimming, food cooked outdoors, movie marathons, daisies, sunsets at the harbour with neighbours, books, Perks Of Being A Wallflower, sun, badminton, Fanta Exotic and family.

     

    August


    This month was excitement, Flickr, beginnings, "helloes", The 1975, plane rides, new people, new friends, sightseeing, disappointments, bowling, firsts and exploring.

     

    September


    This month was school, friends, warmth, tumblr, flower drawings, Friday night pizzas, cheesecake, swimming, rain and strange handshakes.

     

    October


    This month was tests, Bali, Port Dickson, skype calls to Norway, elephants, long days at the beach, fall dance, Halloween, hanging out at malls with friends and a new The Great Gatsby obsession.

     

    November


    This month was late night skype calls, hashtags, drama, birthdays,  maths, selfies, Ed Sheeran tickets, Norway visitors, art assignments and Christmas decorations.

     

    December

     
    This month was nostalgia, Christmas, Quotes, friends, The Front Bottoms, group photos, cards, heavy metal music, ice cream, Cambodia, ginger bread, old Christmas movies, traveling, secret santa, candy, nicknames and terrible puns.


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    17.12.14


    No blogging in almost a month...woah. 

     

    I går fikk vi startet vi juleferien vår, det var fint. Vi fikk karakterene våre for denne terminen, og måneder med hardt arbeid (seriøst, malayisk skole er sååå mye vanskeligere enn norsk oh my god), har vi endelig 17 dagers fri. 

     

    Jeg har ikke tatt mye bilder i det siste, kameraet har stort sett bare stått på hylla, utladet og ubrukt. Jeg har ikke hatt mye tid til å ta bilder. Denne terminen har vært slitsom og...rar. Malaysia er annerledest. Jeg vet ikke helt hva jeg hadde forventet og om jeg er skuffet eller veldig veldig spent, Malaysia er bare så annerledest.

    Skolen her er fantastisk, og Nexus har noen av de fineste menneskene jeg noensinne har møtt. Vi har det herlig sammen, og det at jeg bare har omtrent 7 måneder igjen her er veldig trist. Jeg kommer til å savne Malaysia masse!

     

    Forrige uke feiret vi jul, fordi vi ikke er hjemme i leiligheten på selveste julaften. Julefølelsen er ikke heeelt der, men det var fint uansett. Savner å gå på ski, drikke kakao og se norsk TV. Har i et desperat forsøk på å få julefølelsen, lastet ned noen julefilmer på macen, hahhahah. Denne jula er annerledest enn alle andre juleaftener jeg noensinne har hatt wow.

     

    Norsken min begynner å bli dårligere, engelsken min begynner å bli bedre. Jeg vet ikke hvor positivt eller negativt det er, men jeg har det storartet. Jeg har opplevet mye i løpet av de 4 (?) månedene jeg foreløpig har vært her.  I morgen reiser jeg til Kambodsja/Cambodia , og jeg skal være der for de neste to ukene. Det kommer til å bli fantastisk! 

     

    Uff det var uvant å snakke norsk.....

     


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    23.11.14























     

    A collection of pictures I took, driving around in Norway and Sweden this summer.


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    Marte, Mathias and Runa

























    I miss exploring mansions and forests with this bunch so much. This was the last time I saw them. For a year. Weird.


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    Bali

    Sooo last week we had our mid term break from school, and my family and I went to Bali, Indonesia with an other Norwegian family. The vacation was amazing and I really enjoyed it! So here you go, 1 week an 536 pictures later.....

    There were lots of restaurants at the beach, and some of them had these really cool lanterns. It was so beautiful.





    My dad and I walked for about 2 hours at the beach, it was sooooo warm.

    These flowers were so gorgeous, I think I took about a hundred pictures of them ahahhahhaha.

    This is Henrik posing beside a dinosaur skeleton in Bali Zoo. Henrik is 4 and has a very cute obsession with dinosaurs.



    You could feed the animals in the zoo

    WE RODE ELEPHANTS. It was awesome.

    The yards were so cute

    We went to this small village in the mountains, the air was so fresh and cold. It was amazing.

    The view reminded me of Norway



    They were selling bracelets and fruit

    Hindu temples will never stop amazing me. Look at those patterns!

    Even the boys had to wear sarongs this time. (From the left: Thomas, Nikolai and Magnus)
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    We went shopping in one of the streets behind our hotel room. It was really cute.

    I like the blue shades and the haze in this picture











    Bali was wonderful.


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