Chill out vibes and relaxed Sundays in Essaouira Morocco | © Mandy Sinclair
  • 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!

Chill out vibes and relaxed Sundays in Essaouira Morocco | © Mandy Sinclair

Ramadan rest required

It’s Ramadan and while I love the fasting with my team, breaking the fast with friends, and enjoying the lively Ramadan nights, I’m struggling. You see weeks of no food or drink during daylight hours have left me exhausted. All the while I have been maintaining a full work schedule. But not only that, I simply … Continue reading

Mhancha treats during Ramadan

Ramadan in Marrakech, or a tale of embracing the culture

Ramadan is well underway here in Marrakech and daily routines are slightly modified. Or in my case, completely. Because this year I’ve decided to fast. You see my first Ramadan was such a special experience as I joined friends for ftour I didn’t think twice about staying the following year. But the second year was different. You see I … Continue reading

Art deco Casablanca Morocco

Casablanca’s Journées du patrimoine 11 to 14 May 2017

Casablanca. It’s a city that, despite the traffic, is really starting to grow on me. You see back in November when my sister flew in from Toronto, I went to Casablanca to pick her up from the airport. I had avoided the city for five years after an unfortunate event that changed my life for a … Continue reading

Berber eggs at Cafe Clock Marrakech © Mandy Sinclair

Where to breakfast in Marrakech

It may be my favourite meal of the day. It is certainly the most important as it tends to influence my eating habits for the rest of the day. So when it comes to breakfast, if it’s not prepared chez moi (it’s the one meal I can prepare well), there’s nothing I love more than meeting friends … Continue reading

Best of 2016

Best of 2016 for Tasting Marrakech and Say Something Communication owner Mandy Sinclair in Marrakech Morocco

Donna Hay Magazine recommends Tasting Marrakech

It started as a love. And a desire to share it with other travellers in a way that was comfortable and safe. I spoke with friends and confidantes. I sampled the best of Jemaa el Fna. And then I started Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours. I selected a handful of agents and riads to work … Continue reading

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

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