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

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