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A Day in the Life of Kate: Adventures of a Housewife in Morocco

Meet Kate.

Kate is English and currently living in rural Morocco with her husband, Ben. After accepting a challenging job role in North Africa only weeks after they’d first met, Ben invited Kate to join him on the adventure. It took her all of 24 hours to think about it, hand her notice in at work, and begin preparing for a new life in a new country.

While Ben is busy managing a large fruit farm, Kate fills her days with the things she loves: creative writing and special-occasion poetry, articles for Go Girl, of course, learning new languages, exploring the surrounding countryside with her trusty dog, Douglas, at her side, and cooking up culinary delights to satisfy her and her husband’s love of good food. Having backpacked around the world and roadtripped around the USA, travel has always been close to Kate’s heart, and along with her husband, she continues to travel and visit new countries as often as she can.

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There you have it! A day in my life, and while it may be a world away from the busy life I used to lead, it’s one that with all of its challenges, has definitely shaped me into a stronger and more confident person. Living in a predominantly poor community has also had a profound effect on me. I am less wasteful, decidedly more thrifty, and have become less attached to the trappings of modern life. I have more time and empathy for people than I ever had before, and I am truly grateful for what I have been blessed with. Never could I have predicted that I would end up living the life of a rural housewife in North Africa, but where would the fun be in living if you always knew what life had in store for you?

Kate Blanchard
Kate is an English woman currently living in rural Morocco with her husband, Ben, and their mischievous mongrel, Douglas. They moved out there three years ago after Ben was offered employment as the manager of a large fruit farm, and although life can often be challenging for them both with cultural differences and language barriers, they see this as more of a reason to stay, than a reason to admit defeat and leave. Kate tries to find humour wherever possible in life, and finds herself blessed (or as her husband would say, ‘cursed’) with an irrepressible desire to see the beauty and the positivity in what others may see to be ugly and negative. Most of all though, she has a zest for travel and exploration and finds it incredibly satisfying to share her stories of adventure with others, even if it does nothing more than transport the reader to a distant land for a few minutes.

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