Mandy in Morocco
  • I arrived in January 2011. No job. No apartment. And only a few friends. Being a social young professional this was a bit of a challenge. But things have a way of working themselves out and now I’m here and I’m blogging about having the time of my life. Of course there were days when I wanted to stand on the rooftop terrace and scream what have I done with me life? But for the most part I love it. And things seem to work themselves out. I found a job I love. A place to call my own and interesting people have come into my life.

    Why Morocco?

    It's a question I'm asked all the time.

    In June 2010 I travelled to Morocco and had the trip of a lifetime. The people, the music, the food, the landscapes, the sights and sounds and the lifestyle have inspired me to return. Some people understand why I’d want to return. Others were horrified at the fact that I would give up the apartment I love so much, search for a job unrelated to what I studied in college and university for five years, and relocate to a developing nation. But I think it’s all worth it.

    Proof that things will also work themselves out if you are following your dreams!

Dar 91 Essaouira Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Where to stay in Essaouira Morocco

You see, I don’t really want to share this secret with you out of fear that my preferred retreat in Essaouira will no longer be available when I need a break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. But Dar 91 owners Jeremy and Paolo are just too sweet not to let readers in on my top … Continue reading

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Invest in rest

It’s been very quiet on here, I know. But you see, I retreated to Canada this summer for nearly seven weeks. After months and months of non-stop work (and working out), pushing myself to my limits, growing Say Something Communication and taking on new challenges, I decided I needed to invest in rest. And that’s just … Continue reading

Dar L'Fchouch Marrakech Morocco Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Tea time at Dar L’Fchouch

“I feel like we’re hanging out in a cool friend’s apartment,” said this cool fabric designer in town for a weekend of Marrakech Biennale fun!  But one that is tucked up on the first floor of an art-deco apartment building down a little street in trendy Gueliz. We were hanging out at Sinaya 28, the home of … Continue reading

N'Fis Valley Morocco Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Stepping Back in Time at the Tin Mal Mosque

My grandmother once told me it’s not just about the destination, but also about the journey. And that rang so true as I headed off with a driver  to travel through the beautiful N’Fis Valley in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains en route to the Tin Mal Mosque. We passed riverbeds filled with olive trees, rugged … Continue reading

Giacometti in Meknes Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Five things to look forward to in May in Marrakech

With Ramadan just a month away, it seems all the festivals and events are happening NOW. And I can’t say I’m complaining. With something to do basically every night whether a dance performance, a concert or a new gallery opening, we are filled with culture here in Marrakech. And to help you sort out your … Continue reading

Ouirgane Valley, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Just back from: Ouirgane Valley

It’s been a bit quiet on here lately. That’s because it’s been a bit bonkers in my office. But in a good way. I had the absolute pleasure of handling the international press and professional relations during the sixth edition of the Marrakech Biennale, meeting journalists from leading international publications. Just what I love. Then … Continue reading

Badii Palace venue Courtesy Marrakech Biennale 6 NOT NEW NOW  Copyright Jens Martin

Must-see Marrakech Biennale 6 NOT NEW NOW

Arts + festival may just be my two favourite words. So when the Marrakech Biennale comes around every two years, I get ridiculously excited! But this year I had another reason to be excited – I was the international press officer. That’s right. For the weeks leading up to opening week, I had the pleasure … Continue reading

Tasting Marrakech food tour with Mandy, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Top sites in Marrakech #3 – Jemaa el Fna

It was one of my favourite sites upon arrival in Marrakech. One that buzzes day and night. But mostly at night. And five years on, it’s still a place I love to visit. That magical place is Jemaa el Fna. From watching the sun set, to eating in the food stalls and listening to the traditional music … Continue reading

Azemmour Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Azemmour, Morocco’s off-the-beaten path small town

“Have I just been dumped in a field?” asked this gal upon disembarking the train in Azemmour. “Yes,” I responded, “but just walk to the top of the road and you’ll find a taxi.” And so started our weekend getaway in coastal Azemmour, a town where tourism is still relatively undeveloped and street art livens … Continue reading

Fes region, Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

How I learned to love Fes Morocco

Fes. Morocco’s oldest city. Home of the first university, al-Qarrawiyyan. And known as the gastronomical capital of Morocco. But a city I cannot say I love. For reasons that I just cannot explain. You see I arrived there most recently for the Fes Festival of Sacred Music. I’d been to this imperial city few times … Continue reading