about me

i'm julie, tho' my blog name is julochka. that started because julie is always taken (there are lot of julies in the interwebs). julochka is a russian diminutive of julie and since i studied russian literature at university, it's what felt right, so i went with it. i'm american, but have been living in denmark for going on 16 years (hence the viking minifigure). i often feel that i'm no longer american, but not definitely not danish either. i call that my mid-atlantic feeling. i've blogged about it a time or two.

i created this blog in 2004, but didn't start blogging in earnest until late in 2007. i began to blog as self-therapy as i recovered from a job which i loved, but that really burned me out. but then blogging became a habit, much like taking a daily photograph, which i've been doing since i acquired my first nikon in may 2008. many of those photos end up here on the blog.

you may have noticed that i don't much like capital letters. i explain a little bit about that here.

people often remark, "i don't really know what your blog is about." but that's because it's about whatever crosses my mind or strikes my fancy at a given moment. that could be quilts or stamps or knitting, or danish chair design or it might be climate change or the decline of the american empire or the confoundingly mystifying behavior of the danes. i have a tendency to think a lot and i figure out what i think by writing about it. sometimes i rant, sometimes i'm sentimental and once in awhile, if we're lucky, i'm even funny.

i've been fortunate to travel a lot in my work and i have a love for the philippines as a result. but i've also been to india, china, singapore, thailand, south africa, russia, ukraine, turkey, greece, the balkans (that's where i met that danish boy i followed home all those years ago) and i even worked in norway for a couple of years. i've been pretty stationary since we moved to an old farmhouse out in the danish countryside, but i hope that's going to change a little bit in the year ahead (2014 is just around the corner as i write this update), as i start a new job at lego.

thank you for stopping by, don't be afraid to leave a comment and say hello.

if you want to email me, you can do so at jknachti (at) gmail (dot) com.