A New Beginning

A while ago, I read an article on some kind of semi-dubious internet site introducing a study on the latest posts of all WordPress blogs out there (at least, that’s what I remember the article being about). Interestingly enough, two thirds of all the blogs out there had their latest post starting with “Sorry I haven’t posted in a while”. I immediately swore to myself that I would never start I post like that. If only to not appear in this kind of statistics. But well, sometimes, life simply gets in the way of writing and creativity — and I am indeed sorry that I was not able to stick to my writing routine lately.

Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

My last few weeks have been filled with endless apartment interviews, then finally with moving, and starting my new job. I’m overwhelmed with the responsibilities of the new job, I’m overwhelmed with the opportunities of living in a new city. So many things to do, so much stuff to organize, so much to learn, to understand, to get to know.

Church, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

I thought a lot about how I should justify my move in Germany on this blog — after all, Sateless Suitcase is supposed to be a travel blog. At least, it started out as a blog about travel. However, I know that I won’t be a permanent traveler anytime soon, and I find myself writing more and more about the everyday struggles of a recent grad school alumna searching for her place in the world.

Campus life, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Obviously, travel will always be one of the best ways to find answers, and ultimately, to find myself. But does this still legitimate writing a travel blog? Especially if I just moved to a small, pretty much entirely un-touristy town in Germany to work a real (albeit not a 9 to 5 office) job?

Tea time in Göttingen, Germany

To finally spill the beans: I moved to Göttingen, a famous university city in the German state of Lower Saxony. It’s not a big city with only 116,000 inhabitants, but it has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages and a massive university founded in 1734. One fifth of the city’s inhabitants are students and the whole city is buzzing with intellectual, academic energy. Göttingen has one of Germany’s largest libraries and a big foreign exchange student scene. Also, I have never seen that many book stores and bikes in any other city before.

Old Town Hall, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Oh, and Göttingen has excellent train international train connections and Hannover airport is not too far away. It looks like Göttingen is a city I could fall in love with.

Campus, University of Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Of course, I can’t promise I’ll stay in Göttingen for good. I can’t promise I will ever use the term “home” for it, or that this feeling of constant restlessness inside me will ever decease. But for now, moving to Göttingen was the challenge I needed: Starting over from the start, working harder than ever, learning something new every day. I have a feeling that this was good for me.

Have you heard of Göttingen?

PS: All photos in this post are instagrams I took in Göttingen during the last weeks. You can find me on instagram as JulikaSarah

  • Megan

    i havent heard of this place…but based on the photos, and the fact that youre there…i will DEF add it to my germany itinerary next time im in the area!

    • JulikaSarah

      Yay! I’d love for you to come visit!!

  • Travel Addicts

    Good luck with all the changes!

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you!

  • Life changes are always so hard, but I think you should embrace life in a new city for the blog – you know I’ll never travel full time either, but I don’t think you need to. I for one have never heard of Gottingen, so I look forward to learning more from you here about its history and architecture (and of course, l look forward to your beautiful photos!).
    Good luck with everything and be kind to yourself! Hope to see you again soon 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Clare, you’re absolutely right! And you are invited to come visit me in Göttingen, of course! 🙂

  • Anke Scheid

    Da war ich erst vor nem Monat 😉

    • JulikaSarah

      Oh witzig 🙂 Was hat dich denn dahin verschlagen?

  • Michael Hodson

    Congrats and proud of you!!

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Michael!

  • Ah I have been dying to know where you are! Do you know Tina’s blog KulturShock? Well, she jsut finished her studies there, but I hope so much you fall in love with it!

    • JulikaSarah

      I know! Sorry for being so secretive! Thanks for the tip, I’ll definitely check out her blog! And obviously, you’re invited to come visit me in Göttingen anytime! 🙂

  • Jac

    Good luck with the new beginning! It does sound pretty exciting, and remember travel can happen even in your own backyard 🙂 Bet you’ll have lots of historical tales to tell…

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks so much Jac! I can’t wait to see what future has in store for me!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    It looks like a beautiful town, congrats! What’s your new job like? 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Ashley! It’s actually really pretty there. I’m a research assistant with the university’s medieval studies department and basically get paid for reading, studying medieval languages, and looking at old images 🙂
      Also, I’m SO excited you’re coming back to Europe next year! Will you please come visit? 🙂

    • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

      Wow that literally sounds like the best job ever for you! And YES! We’ll have to plan something fun as always 🙂

  • Agness

    Well done. Finally settled down, but for some reason I could feel sadness in your voice when reading this post. Hope you will love the town, it’s very cozy and charming :).

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Agness! It doesn’t really feel all settled down yet, because I didn’t even bring my own furniture there 🙂 But I’m excited to see where I’m headed next!

  • Happy New Home! It sounds beautiful! Can’t wait to see all your photos from that area…And don’t worry, we’ve “settled down” 15 times. Or is it 16? Eh. Let me know if you find any good cemeteries. And congratulations 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you Megan! Cemetery photos are coming up 🙂

  • Sounds like a town I would like to visit. Although I think that Amsterdam has more bikes than Göttingen I do like the fact that there are many bikes =) Nice post!

    • JulikaSarah

      Actually, Göttingen reminds me a lot of Utrecht — a cute, walkable town and so many bikes and students. I bet you’d love it there, Milene 🙂

  • Shaz Lake

    Lovely photos! I’ve never heard of Göttingen, but discovering new cities is always fun. It’s a challenge not knowing where life will take us, sounds like you’re on a great journey 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you so much Shaz!

  • Shing

    Congratulations Julika, I’m very happy for you! Needless to say, you must feel very relieved that the gruelling and precarious days of apartment hunting are behind you! I’ve never heard of Göttingen so I’ll look forward to learning more about it through your blog – speaking of which – take a snap of the library will you! 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks so much for your supportive words Shing — they are highly appreciated! Sadly, it’s not an old library, but a huge one 🙂

  • Bridget @ A Traveling B

    While it may not seem like the travel you are used to, new beginnings in a new place always allow for new exploring. Your blog is fantastic and even if you are not traveling as much as you would like, you talk about a lot of experiences that resonate with your readers. Fantastic photos as usual 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you Bridget! I can’t wait to see what future has in store for me 🙂

  • Congrats Julika! I haven’t heard of Gottingen but it looks lovely and I hope you are doing well there.

    • JulikaSarah

      If you ever want to drink beer in a pretty German student city — I’d love to show you around! 🙂

  • I love Germany! Aw it looks absolutely beautiful, I think the small towns are much more snugly and can actually feel like home, as opposed to the big ones. Congrats and good luck! 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks so much Sally!

  • Helen Davies

    Well done on the new job and new home! Looking forward to reading about your adventures as you find your place in our crazy world.
    Lots of Love,
    H x

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you Helen! 🙂

  • Jessica

    Good luck in your new home! I’ve never heard of Gottingen but it looks like a lovely place to stay for a while. Starting over is so tough, but it’s great to get the chance to re-shape your life.

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks! You’re so right Jessica! I’m excited to see what comes next 🙂

  • I didn’t know about Göttingen until now. After reading your previous post on struggling with finding somewhere to live, I’m glad to hear things worked out for you in the end! Few things are as challenging as starting over, not least in a new city and all by yourself.

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you so much for your supportive words Erica!

  • Juhu du hasts geschafft!! 😉 I loved Göttingen so much – such a classic town, and so beautiful to watch the seasons change. Enjoy it!

    • JulikaSarah

      Jaaaa! Danke! I’m looking forward to experiencing the seasons in Göttingen! And if you ever want to visit — you’re invited! 🙂

  • You are living my future (hopefully)! I want to get my Master’s degree in Germany and, based on your description, Göttingen sounds like my kind of city. Even though such a move would be a few years away for me, this motivates me to get it done.

    I don’t think you should feel pressured to only post about ‘travels’ exclusively. After all, you can’t really travel forever can you? I’d love to hear more about your experiences with this new transition in your life.

    • JulikaSarah

      That sounds like a great plan, Matt! From what I saw so far, Göttingen is a really great city! I’ll be sure to write a lot about my new life there 🙂