Hey there, welcome! I’m Julika, a 34-year-old medievalist (aka major nerd) in Germany.
Back in 2012, I started this blog to cope with my insane wanderlust. But way more than a travel blog, this corner of the internet was my experimental creative outlet and my quarter-life-crisis therapy.
These days, I don’t write as much as I used to, and I don’t travel as much as I used to, but this blog is still very precious to me: It’s my coming-of-age story. It’s a diary of me struggling with the uncertainties that came with choosing the path into the humanities and the confusion that accompanied the desire to live a creative life.
To be honest, some of the older post on this website are pretty cringeworthy. I’ve made every mistake possible — from assuming random people’s pronouns to thinking three days in a new city would qualify me to give travel advice.
The blog posts I have written in my early twenties show little reflection, too many generalizations, and a severe lack of awareness regarding my immense privilege a white cishet women from one of the richest country in the world.
But traveling did help with losing my sense of entitlement. It just took me awhile to realize that my journey wasn’t that much about travel after all.
Why “Sateless Suitcase”?
I named 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” (I mean, I’m a medievalist, I like old things). In my definition, its age relates to writing 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 this blog, I hope to contribute inspiring thoughts on how to perceive the world and share them with others. I want curiosity to enrich our lives, I want the blog to be a platform for conveying my stories and photos — to be inspired in return.