Hey! I’m Brooke… I moved to Norway in January of 2017 to be with my amazing husband Rasmus. I like to think of myself as a style oriented anthropologist. As a newcomer/designer/writer living in Norway I enjoy writing about and photographing interesting people, places and things.

In 2013 I earned my bachelor’s degree from Columbia University‘s Barnard College in NYC. Majoring in art history with a focus on visual arts, with minors in both architecture and environmental science, and nearly earning a third minor in anthropology — this was my academic way of studying eco-friendly design and environments. I have taken additional courses in the arts and writing from several other institutions such as Yale University, RISD, and Mt. Holyoke College.

Writing and travel is something I get from my mother: a doctor of literature, a many times published author, and tenured professor. Some of my funniest stories, and biggest intellectual inspirations come from traveling around the world with her going to different lectures and conferences. My techy internet side comes from my tech entrepreneur father.

Candid photography and street style became a true interest of mine when I first met Bill Cunningham as a child. He first published a photo of me in the New York Times Sunday Style section when I was 15. As a student in Manhattan, and member of several museums, I was able to spend quite a bit of time with him at events over the years. Every Friday, I would walk through the park to Bergdorf Goodman to look at the new fashion… and he would always be on the corner snapping away!

As a former World Cup modern pentathlete, competitor in the Collegiate National Triathlon, and Junior Olympic Track and Field athlete I also have a passion for fitness and competing. I grew up riding horses since the age of two, and excelled through the upper jumper levels competing around the American A-circuit at shows like WEF, Sonoma, and Monmouth. I became an avid volunteer in the equestrian community as a young teenager. My love for animals spurred my passion for the outdoors. Today I am a fitness competitor, and fair weather amateur horseback rider.

Why Norway? In 2015 I was living in Northern California… and Rasmus was living in Oslo, Norway. After we met (an amazing story that we look forward to sharing soon!)… and took many trips across the world, and road trip across the continental USA, we got married đŸ™‚

We now live together in Oslo, Norway with our adopted Norwegian Forest cat Essie!

Rasmus is an academic and linguist, soccer hobbyist, and loving husband who was born and raised in Ă…lesund, Norway. He studied English and Education at the University of Oslo through the Master’s level, and has a long list of accomplishments.

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Brooke is a writer, blogger, and photograper living in Oslo, Norway.