My name is Mandy, I’m a Canadian living in Marrakech, Morocco. Back in 2011 I decided to swap Canadian public employee life for a five-month stint in Marrakech where I planned to learn French before returning to the public service. I was only 29 at the time, had graduated PR school a few years previous, I loved (and still love) working in PR and I had (and still have) the best friends a girl could ask for. But my 9 to 5 just wasn’t enough. So I set off for Morocco thinking I’d be back after I had a dose of colour and excitement in Marrakech.
But things don’t always turn out as planned.
Eight years later, I’m still here.With travel, arts and culture in my DNA, I work as a travel and public relations consultant to leading travel companies and publications including providing concierge services. More and more spend my days meeting the most amazing guests on my private and bespoke Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours. I also love writing for magazines and newspapers and have just wrapped up a chapter on food and drink for Monocle magazine, a piece about hiking in Horizon Guides, and contributed to Evening Standard, Independent, Lonely Planet and Brownbook among others. When I’m not working on a project or event in Marrakech, you’ll find me attending one of the many festivals throughout Morocco, travelling, relaxing at one of my favourite cafes/bars, or listening to one of my preferred podcasts.
In 2018, I launched Why Morocco, conversations with the inspiring and creative personalities I meet while living in Marrakech. The first podcast dedicated to Morocco, my goal is to leave listeners inspired to pay a visit or start planning that trip they’ve been considering to the Kingdom of Morocco.
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. So in January 2011, I arrived with two bags. No job. No apartment. But things have a way of working themselves out and for the most part I love it.