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

Five | Cinq | Khamsa

Dear readers, it’s been five year. Yes five years since I arrived in Marrakech. For five months. To learn French so I could go back to Canada and get a better government job. And well, it’s been the best of times. And yet, the worst.  I’ve tried to leave twice, but I also miss the inexplicable … Continue reading

Don't be mean Copyright Mandy Sinclair

My wish for 2016

As we celebrate the beginning of another year, my wish for 2016 is simple – respect. With all that’s happening in the world, I truly hope that we can respect other cultures, other ways of living, and situations other than our own. Respect when it comes to freedom of speech (there is a fine line … Continue reading

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Best of 2015

It’s time to look back on the year that was. The other night I was enjoying a glass of mulled wine with a dear friend, discussing how far we had come in the past year. You see, 2015 was a year of growth. Personal, professional and emotional. It was an enriching year as I engaged … Continue reading

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

New Year’s Eve 2015 in Marrakech

I’m counting down the days until we celebrate the successes of 2015 and look forward to 2016. And I don’t think I’m the only one. After all, Marrakech is a hot spot over New Year’s Eve with glamourous parties followed by fashionable brunches to kick off the upcoming year. So when the sun sets on December … Continue reading

Essaouira Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Merry Christmas from Morocco

This year I’m spending Christmas in Morocco. Essaouira to be exact. You see, during summer break I decided I was tired of airport travel and with all that is going on in the world I couldn’t bear the thought of having to take off my shoes, belt, coat and unpack my camera, MacBook, Samsung Galaxy … Continue reading

Marrakech International Film Festival Copyright Mandy Sinclair

A week at the Marrakech International Film Festival

Wowza! What a week it’s been heading off to films, meeting friends for coffees in between to discuss our thoughts on various films, lunches and more! For the first time I was able to see about half of the 15 competition films, having picked the titles I saw based on interest but also on scheduling (I … Continue reading

Marrakech International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for Canadian cinema

It’s finally here! We’ve been hearing bits and pieces of information about the Marrakech International Film Festival for month now and today the printed schedule was finally released (the festival starts on 4 December 2015). So after sipping café au lait, nibbling on macaroons and gossiping about boyfriends at Amandine in Gueliz, my festival pal and I … Continue reading

Saffron Gardens Ourika Valley Morocco Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Saffron harvest in the Ourika Valley

Once in awhile a break from routine is necessary. On this day out in the Ourika Valley that’s just what we did. We wandered amongst the gardens and saffron crocus fields. And sipped mint tea under the olive trees and date palms. Ate a breakfast of local in-season fruits and dipped our freshly baked bread in … Continue reading