All in a day’s work

They say that opportunity knocks.  That good things come to those who wait.

That may be.  But I also think that good things, opportunities and challenges come to those who actively seek new opportunities.  Open themselves up.  Put themselves out there.

Having recently reevaluated where I’m at, where I want to go and what I want to do, I’m absolutely delighted with my recent career move!

From my dimly-lit office in the old Marrakech medina, I manage a collection of four riads.

Where I share my love of Marrakech with interesting guests. Often they are so fun I’m sad to see them leave!

And work with an amazingly hard-working team.

The cherry on top for the girl who can’t cook…I get to eat delicious tajines under the shade of the orange trees on the patio on a regular basis.

But also the lovely sound of the call to prayer that fills my office four of the five times per day (anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t really move that fast until I’ve had at least one coffee.  All that to say, I’m not there for the first call to prayer at sunrise).

And the hundreds of little birds that flock to the orange trees on the patio in the afternoon filling the riad with birdsongs.

And the view isn’t so bad either…

overlooking the Marrakech medina from a rooftop terrace Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Overlooking the Marrakech medina from the rooftop terrace Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Yep, I feel like I’m in heaven.

Come visit!

The feast is finally here!

For days, the streets were filled with locals taking sheep home in advance of Eid Al Adha.  And the day of the feast had finally arrived.

The streets of the Marrakech medina were filled with lambs waiting to be enjoyed by large families.  The smell of the meat roasting on the open grills all throughout the streets.  And the sight of the smoke from the grills added to the already magical atmosphere of the old medina.  At the end of the street, piles of lamb skins indicated that several families were fortunate to be enjoying a feast of lamb.  And through the medina, children wearing their finest clothes for the occasion, especially the little girls in their sweetest kaftans.

It was an experience she was happy to have experienced.

Eid Mubarak!