Sorry it's just been a whirlwind of few days, I've been sleeping only an average of 4 hours a night but I can't complain because I do it to myself. Each day has just been full of new experiences, people, tastes, sights, and each day I fall more in love with Norway.
While I am here, I have two jobs. I have to first document and capture all my experiences in photos for Visit Norway to inspire wanderlust and more tourism for Norway. But my second job is to kind of host a TV show, which is to be honest a little bit out of my comfort zone and strange. So due to the two jobs, my attention and my focus is sometimes divided which is challenging at times. But I have the most capable and wonderful crew who are incredibly supportive. Everyday I am learning more about myself as an artist and being challenged to grow and be better. I want to be able to tell the best story of Norway I possibly can because Norway really is nothing short of amazing.
Also I never realized how much work running social media actually was. I've been using social media ever since I entered high school, and I thought it would have been a piece of cake since I spend so much time on Facebook and Instagram in my daily life. But when doing social media for a company, I have to make sure I get every single hashtag right so that I can reference each place, tag the places, always be on my phone (which I hate), and always be thinking about what equipment to take the picture with and how the picture will be used. Selfies allow people to see me in the moment engaging with the activity in real time, yet fans of the Visit Norway Facebook page may not want to see ten pictures of me with people they don't know, but it does allow me to post quickly. While picures from my camera take time to export, sift through, and edit, so I can only do that at night so every night I have to spend a few hours doing that to please the fans on the Visit Norway page who want to see actual pictures of food, culture, people, and landscapes. I am not complaining but just wanted to give you guys a small look into what I'm thinking about everyday as I do this. But believe me when I say I am in love with Norway!
The picture above is a family that were so loving and hospitable (also adorable). I got to interact with each member of their family in different ways and they all have a special place in my heart. I took a picture of the daughter that is on my Instagram, @arnoldlan if you are curious!
Okay gonna head to bed soon because we are hiking up Preikestolen tomorrow!
See you guys!