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 a five-month dose of colour and inspiration 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 and I include providing concierge services. More and more spend my days meeting the most amazing guests on the private and bespoke Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours I created in 2015 and continue to develop.
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 or cultural events happening 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.