I’m Julika, a 29-year-old German art historian, doctoral student, and medievalist. And by that I mean: I’m the mad scientist version of culture nerd — I talk to myself a lot, I always lose my glasses, and I’m chronically high on caffeine.
I’m absolutely not independent, self-conscious, or ballsy. I’m rather afraid of basically everything that’s alive. And escalators.
But: I do love (medieval) art and architecture with all my heart. And looking at it in books only satisfies me to a certain extent — thus I have dreamed of traveling all my life.
When I had just turned 18, I boarded a transatlantic flight to the United States and spent a life-changing summer in the glorious South by myself. I realized that the world might not be such a scary place after all, and understood that looking at photos of cities like Savannah or Charleston can never compare to actually seeing it with you own eyes.
Ever since this trip, I wanted to get to know this beautiful world a little better and no longer just dream about traveling.
After road-tripping and weekend-getwaying in Europe in my late teens and early twenties, I decided it was time for a new kind of adventure in 2011: I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, to study abroad. During my semester abroad I fell in love with the Portuguese architecture, the beaches, the food, the people, the coffee and most importantly — with the idea of traveling long-term and being an expat.
And even though I’m a (only) a part-time traveler today as I spend a bigger part of my life with my nose in medieval manuscripts, I want to truly experience our world’s amazing art, architecture and history with my own eyes. I honestly believe that art, history, and culture can only be fully understood through traveling.
Why “Sateless Suitcase”?
I chose to name this blog Sateless Suitcase, because it combines what I comprehend as the acme of traveling: Whereas “suitcase” is an obvious, intercultural symbol for a journey, “sateless” is an (extremely) old-fashioned word for insatiable — a word, which is barely used nowadays. However, this is exactly what I liked about the word “sateless”. In my definition, its age relates to writing down travel memories as one of the oldest kinds of literature and thus it can be seen as an embodiment of my personal understanding of the humanities and my own role as a cultural historian: Written words about the way one sees and experiences the world help persevering history and culture for the next generations.
By composing a blog on my personal travel adventures and musings on being a twenty-something middle ages geek, I hope I will be able to contribute a few ideas on how to perceive the world and share them with others, so curiosity and inspiration keep enriching our lives.
And why did I start blogging in the first place?
I’m not exactly in the most ideal position to write a blog on traveling the world. I haven’t even been to Africa, yet. Or South East Asia. Or Australia. So, obviously, I can’t really give any profound travel advice. I always hurt myself without even doing anything adventurous and I always forget something crucial. It’s no secret that I honestly don’t have a clue when it comes to RTW planning, or packing, or Malaria pills.
However, during my semester abroad in Portugal I did write a blog about being a foreign exchange student. That little tumblr blog was primarily targeted at my German friends and family, who wanted to know about my everyday adventures in Lisbon. While writing an online diary about my experiences abroad though, I was constantly doing extra research on the places I visited and cultural rituals I took part in — and thus soon realized that I really enjoy putting my thoughts into written words on such a regular basis. For me, it’s of avail to remember names and places, but at the same time a blog is a great platform to share stories and tips with the people who care.
As I came back from Portugal in February 2012, I actually started missing my little diary blog. So, I came up with the idea of writing a longer lasting travel blog with a strong focus on art and culture where I could share my love for medieval Europe and traveling. A few months later I launched Sateless Suitcase officially.
Of course, Sateless Suitcase is not at all going to be a medium to brag about all the exciting countries I go to (there honestly isn’t anything to really brag about just yet), but I rather wish it to be a platform for conveying my stories and photos — and a place to get in touch with other cultural travelers from around the world.
Sateless Suitcase is a blog about places I see, the art and beauty I encounter — and everything else I face in my life as a twenty-something art historian in Central Europe.