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The Utsira Effect

The Utsira Effect
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Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius

For the last year or so, I have been traveling. Traveling to huge cities, different countries, places great on history and met awesome people. Well, last week, I traveled to the island Utsira, in the southwest of Norway.

This is a place that has no gas station. There is no 7-11 that supplies me with whatever I need. I can’t just go to the mall and get stuff. I have to plan. The strangest thing is, this doesn’t bother me. (I haven’t lived here for a looooong period of time, so I can’t say anything about the long term effect ). But the few times I have been here, all of a sudden I just switch off the cell, time is of no matter, no need to check emails, and FB updates can wait. This is my quiet corner of the world.

But not totally quiet. Whatever noise I have in my head, what ever trouble I am in, I bring it with me. So, to go out to this island, planning to run away from stuff, is not a good idea….”no matter where I go, there I am….” For some reason, a trip to this island calms me down. The winds are so strong that they empty my head of sound. Silence to create and be positive is a side effect. The rain and the sun are so strong, that what I wear is practical and not fashion. At this part of the year, there are almost no darkness, so the night just gives me a couple of hours to dream, before I feel the need to get out and just look.

The fields of flowers. The ocean. The horizon. The reflections. The people. The birds. Out here, I have the time to pay attention to life itself. This is one of the few places where I can feel totally grounded and in sync with myself.

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart.  I am.  I am.  I am.” – Sylvia Plath

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