Indonesia- Buton Island -Labundo Bundo (part 2)











Tiniest little hermit crab I’ve ever seen. It was the size of half a pea!



A Mudskipper sitting on a piece of coral. Look how cute he is!






Week 2 – The Civet team 🙂












A civet (sedated) being measured, weighed and photographed for research purposes. They were so pretty! The fur is really soft, and it kinda looks like a mix between a ferret and a cat if you ask me. More about Civets here.



Their neck pattern is unique for each individual, making it easy to use this for identification of the captured and already  examined animals.
































I know I said there would be two post for each site, forest and marine, but I still have a few photos left from the jungle that I would like to share with you guys, so there will be a third post from the jungle site soon 🙂

Indonesia -Buton Island – Labundo Bundo (Part 1)

It’s been a while since my last post here, I kinda like having my summer completely blog-free and share photos throughout the autumn. This summer’s been rather hectic, lots of work and boring uni stuff, but it’s also been one of my best summers! I got to travel all the way to Indonesia and live in the jungle and on an exotic island, for four weeks. This was as a volunteer research assistant with  Operation Wallacea, which (at least for me) is great to add on your CV as relevant work experience since you get to deal with animals and scientific research first hand. I went for 2+2 weeks, where two weeks was in the jungle working with terrestrial species, and two weeks on an island working with marine life. For anyone considering joining any of OpWalls project: GO FOR IT. It was truly one the best experiences I’ve ever had, but not because of OpWall and their management, but because of the social aspect. The bonds you tie with other people doing the same project as you are really strong, and I do believe I’ve gotten friends for life.  I brought my camera, of course, so you can all imagine how many pictures I ended up with after a month away! I’ll try to limit the crazy photo flow down to four posts, two for each site, forest and marine. Hope you guys enjoy the photos!

WEEK 1 & 2 – The village Labundo Bundo











The first meet up with all the other research assistants. We played the name game, my biggest fear since I am the WORST when it comes to remembering names. We were in a circle, and the first person would say their name, then the second would repeat the first persons name then their own, and so on. I was….the last one. The very last person in the circle, which meant I had to repeat EVERYONE’S name before saying my own. I completely and utterly failed to do so, of course, not one of my proudest moments.














_SMD1264-1wmThe locals had some small shops with snacks where we could spend our money, this was pretty much the only thing you could spend money on in the jungle! After hiking every day for hours, the rice wasn’t really enough to keep me from losing weight, so a pack (or 10) of Oreos really saved me!



_SMD1265-1wmIndonesian rupiah! 100 000 rupiah equals about £5 (or 50 Norwegian KR).  A pack of Oreos was 10 000 rupiah, a coke or fanta was about 8000 rupiah.



_SMD1211-1wmA typical dinner. Lots and lots of white rice, some overcooked vegetables and tofu (sometimes fish or meat). After two weeks in the jungle we’d had 42 meals containing rice.



_SMD1231-1wmMy toilet while staying in Labundo Bundo. We lived 3-4 people with a local family, two at each room. In this picture it does look absolutely disgusting, and it was, at least the first couple of days. The “bathtub” in the corner was filled with rain water, and you would use the little green scoop to pour water down the toilet to flush…things. Haha
The bin bag was for the used toilet paper, again, disgusting, but it’s incredible how fast you get used to things. After a week it all just seemed normal. Even showering, which was done by using the same scoop to pour water over yourself while standing naked in this room, became normal. After hiking for 8-9 hours a day in +40 degrees, sweating like crazy, this “shower”  (or mandi, in Indonesian) was the best thing ever!








_SMD1293-1wmWe had some heavy rain during the two weeks I spent in the jungle, so whenever we were out hiking our boots would get completely covered in mud. So for anyone considering doing any work in the rain forest during their winter months (which is summer months in UK/Europe), be prepared for some crazy rain and muddy ground! I bought some cheap boots at Mountain Warehouse in Edinburgh (£20 on sale), so I decided to just leave them in the village after my two weeks instead of trying to clean them and bring them back home, giving them to one of the local guides.





Part 2 of the jungle will be posted by the end of this week! 🙂

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 (:

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



















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!













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
















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!

Create a hype, then turn it around












Model: Katherine Lord
Photo & edit: Marie Danielsen

Proud to share some really cool pictures of my friend Katherine that I took a while ago. Refreshing with a new face, and she is such an easy model to work with! This girl know how to pose, and her outfits were all really amazing! These are just from the first outfit, so I’ll share some more photos later (just need to edit them all first, which takes AGES!).

Saint Etienne de Fontbellon










More photos from my trip to France. The nature is absolutely breathtaking! Went to visit Camille in Saint Etienne de Fontbellon, a charming and beautiful place which I hope I’ll get the chance to visit again. Took so many pictures on this trip, so there will be at least one more post (if not two!) from my trip to France.

My summer in squares





A couple (a lot) of photos from my summer in Norway! It’s been such a nice summer with so many exciting happenings! Right now I’m just enjoying my last days in Norway, packing, voting, spending time with my family and getting everything sorted before going back to Edinburgh. At this moment I’m currently in a fancy hotel in Bergen with Elisabeth to see Kaizers Orchestra for the very last time.  It’s sad to know that this will be the last time I get to see them live, never thought a band could mean so much for me. My plan is to enjoy every second of this concert!

Not to long before I’m back in Edinburgh again as well, can’t wait to get settled in the new flat and get started with my new courses!

Lots and lots of blog post are queuing with tons of photos from my summer, so stay tuned!