Hearty Welcomes & Salutations! Originally an action-packed travel blog from a globe-trotting Scotsman, An Ache for the Distance has, over the years, slowed down (I post less often), mellowed out (my dogs and kid have found their way on here) and become more of an expat blog (I German things up). Take a look around, leave a comment and share the love if you like something.
Stuart Mathieson, Lübeck, Germany

Friday, 15 June 2012

Sunflower Seed Mystery - Le Marche, Italy

Growing up in one of those mammoth 1960 high-rise block of flats in a country with a climate perfect for potato production meant that as a child, examples of the exotic world beyond the east of Scotland were few and far between.  In fact, the most colourful thing in my early childhood was a yellow and grey cockatiel called smokey which could effortlessly cause endless frustration with his ringing telephone imitation.

Smokey, bless his telephonic tendancies, is sadly long gone.  I'd like to say he received a dignified burial as all pets should but alas, living in a 21-storey concrete box means opportunities for funeral procedures are limited.  As such, smokey went off to the local incinerator inside a coco pops box via the communal rubbish chute.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Mischa - Sibillini National Park

Domestic life can take in a little travel.  An hour south from home is Sibillini National Park, complete with Alpine meadows at 1,500 metres, perfect for energetic puppies...

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Mischa on YouTube

Not much of a travel post but sometimes domestic life is worth savouring... 
This is my one year old German Shepherd, Mischa.  She's actually Italian, understands English & German, has teutonic grandparents and has been smuggled through and into Switzerland on numerous occasions without a doggy passport which makes her quite travel savvy for her age.  But despite this depth of international sophistication, her pleasures are simple...

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