I’m Nina. I’m from Norway, but I live in Devon, England. I am a self-employed minimalist gym addict who loves to sing and read – and going exploring with my camera, of course.
A native of Norway
I grew up in Northwest Norway, surrounded by fjords, islands, mountains, northern lights and midnight sun. It sounds like a fairytale, but as teenagers, my friends and I found it all very boring, of course. As we grew older, we learned to appreciate the spectacular nature around us. We explored the many natural splendours of the region, including Trollkirka, Farstadsanden, the Atlantic Road (featured in the James Bond film No Time to Die) and Trollstigen. Later, when I was working as a tourist guide, I got to experience the area through new eyes. The reactions of tourists seeing it for the very first time taught me to truly value it, too.
Studying in Surrey
In 2001, I moved to Surrey in England to study abroad for a year, and I quickly fell in love with the county. I spent my free time exploring places like The Devil’s Punchbowl, Frensham Great Pond, Newland’s Corner, Box Hill, the North Downs and so on. I also managed to squeeze in trips to London, Oxford, Windsor and Brighton. Oh, and Stonehenge. Thinking about it, I am not sure how I got any studying done at all that year! I returned to Norway to finish my studies, but I moved back to Surrey a year later.
Down to Devon
A few years later, I moved down to Devon, where I have been living for the past 15 years. Devon is the only county in the UK with two separate coasts and two national parks, so there is much to explore! (This photo was taken on Budleigh Beach.)
I live in East Devon, which is home to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I am still in awe of its breathtaking nature, even after all these years. I love enjoying the landscape by going exploring with my camera – hence this blog.