Now that this year is almost over, I can look back at the past two years. Making the bold move to the big city for an internship changed every little aspect in my life. Travelling on my own far away, for the first time. Meeting new friends there, meeting my future husband. Making a series about Hope, which would change my perspective on so many things. In six weeks I will make the big move to Austin, Texas, the United States. New adventures to follow.
When my brother and I were children, my parents preferred to spent our vacations in Scandinavia. We'd stay in a little wooden house, set in a sleepy village somewhere between the dense forests and mountains of large rocks. We would splash around in the chilly water of the nearest lake when the sun was out, and listen to the rain dripping at night. Every time we would hike out into the hills, I'd think of the trolls in hiding while climbing over the mossy boulders of their home.
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This July we spent a week in Ramkvilla, Sweden. Roughly 150 people live there. Though we were far from remote with neighbors and a camping ground nearby, the village was indeed quite sleepy, and it would take you ten minutes by foot to be away from it all. Once you're by yourself, there is a quiet and loneliness to be found that is hard to describe. I found it very inspiring, and the idea of a new project rooted itself my head. Now that I'm leaving Europe, I hope to find the inspiration this silent land brought me somewhere else.