My name is Ada Weel Olsen and I’m a Norwegian Graphic Designer and Art Director based in Oslo. – educated as a graphic designer from the NKH, Norwegian School of Creative Studies in Oslo, Norway. I have recently taken a bachelor degree in Graphic Design and Art Direction at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, Italy.

Life On The OBX

Heading North after an incredible first week on the East Coast it was now time to head further South through the barrier islands of the outer banks into North Carolina. This leg of the journey would be one of the best! To get out of the city onto the dunes and into the waves even if the weather wasn’t to promising for the week. Taking the scenic route trying not to stop at every pull in to take photos made the journey a little longer, reaching the northerly tip of the Outer Banks I didn’t really care that I spent a little more time in the car than exspected. This place was so different to anywhere i'd already been. Researching the OBX beforehand I knew there were hidden communities and spaces dotted around so I didn’t want to miss out on anything driving the quickest most populated route down.


As soon as you hit Outer Banks barrier islands you could see a change in how people lived compared to the main buzz of Virginia Beach. Being there only a day you start to develop a connection with the location and adopt the chilled out pace of life, people just seemed more relaxed and thankful of where they lived, close to nature. I definitely didn’t find it hard waking up the next morning.

The first leg of the journey was from Corolla to Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, a place that’s great to visit if your passing through. Thanks to the famous Outer Banks wind and waves its one of the best places for kiteboarding and paddleboarding, definitely a favorite of mine on the coast. Waking up in the mornings I head out to local coffee shops, like most places in the area there full of whimsical coastal flair and welcoming locals regularly telling me about the rustic living and how to get even closer to the OBX nature. Idyllic beaches mostly empty joined by wooden footpaths and crossovers nestled in-between lush sea grasses and rolling dunes made for the most perfect location. 

Evenings by sparkling waters watching people on the water. Not every day had perfect weather, like most places but that meant I got to see the OBX in all its forms, sun, storms and the early morning sea fog. Next stop Nags Head heading south to Roanoke Island and then Rodanthe.  

S’mores. If there’s anything I enjoy most about road tripping its sitting out by a fire, making s’mores meeting new people. This time made even better by the crashing waves on the most perfect beach.