Cassandra Bordin

somewhere else

Cassandra Bordin

Born in a small town; moved to a big town; now venturing out and discovering life in a different way...

Uruguay, a hidden gem in South America and a country which is seemingly looked over by many global trotters. I write this as my 4 months living here is coming to an end and I am now sitting on a plane somewhere over the continent of South America at 3am in the morning and bound for the warmer climates of Costa Rica in Central America! Yes – I've not just changed countries again but now continents also. I had started to write this a week ago and I was going to tell you all about my past 6 weeks in Uruguay since finishing up work. Of my travels along the coast to the rustic beach town near the Brazilian boarder of Punta del Diablo with it’s beautiful people and laid-back lifestyle; of the slight-contrast of gorgeous ... read more
Street Art
Plaza Constitución
Fountain in Plaza Constitución

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este February 25th 2013

An "Australian Surf Instructor" in Uruguay. Something I never thought I would do/be/become... This is going to be a good conversation starter when I start going for job interviews in Australia again. So the summer in Punta del Este has come to an end and therefore so has my work as a surf instructor. I decided to keep a small diary of my experience over the time, giving you the following as a little summary and extract of some of the thoughts, feelings & struggles I faced whilst teaching surf over the past 6 weeks. Never-the-less, it was a fun experience and will be interesting to elaborate on in an interview some day! WEEK #1 Challenges faced: the constant feeling of jet-lag whilst trying to bring my body clock back into sync with daylight hours. Emotionally ... read more
A perfect day
A perfect little left break
Pasted Up!

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este January 16th 2013

Sometimes you've got to experience everything going wrong to get to where you want to be. Today, that has to be my motto. Ok so my Spanish is a little poor, but I do think I speak and understand enough to get to where I need to be - except for the fact that no one knows where the hell I'm going and want to send me in the opposite direction! *this could be a good motivational life quote if anyone wants to turn it into one of those 'Pintrest' thingies. So Uruguay. After 1 month here I think I realise what I'm here for. This feels like the place where I put all my lessons learnt to the test - and so far, ... read more
Punta del Este
Mi casa

South America » Brazil » Santa Catarina » Florianópolis December 8th 2012

My last day in Brazil. It didn’t hit me until I was walking into town from the beach in Florianopolis and was wondering why my mood was down. I had a nice little surf today (literally 30 mins max!) and now sit here drinking a glass of chilled white wine – my first in over 12 months. I have recently realised I am not the best communicator about my future plans but seem to be a great story-teller about the past. So, for family and friends, this is a quick update for you of my ‘plans in pencil’ of what lays ahead... After leaving Itacare (insert a little giggle here, as that’s another entertaining story in itself!) I then spent a week in Rio split between staying in Ipanema at a girlfriend’s house and at ... read more
Colonial style building
Inside the gardens
Getting my art on!

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Itacaré November 18th 2012

Things which have become the norm: Walking 5mins to the local food markets any time from 5:30am on a Sunday morning and buying 2 weeks worth of fruit and veges (for 2 people) for under AUD $20. Buying bananas - a whole stem cut from the tree (approx 10kg) for AUD $1.50 Eating bananas!! This is new to me... The men at the markets drinking beer like its coffee at 6am. Given, they probably have been up since 4am - but what is the point of having a local market if there is no alcohol to drink whist chatting with your neighbours?? Walking 10 minutes to the beach in a bikini at any time of day - but more comfortably at 6am... Working a 15 hour week and feeling like it was the hardest week ... read more
Banana cake cooked @ 4am
Sunscreen before surf!!
Vamos surfar....

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Itacaré July 23rd 2012

It's official. Surfing is the hardest thing I've ever done. Maybe not physically, but definitely mentally... I'm not use to something taking so long to learn - oh, beside Portuguese that is :( People compare it to snowboarding, but I think it is so different. It isn't necessarily up to you or your capabilities. So much is out of your control and left to mother nature. The shape of the wave, the wind, the tide. Some days I get so frustrated at myself because I think I'm not where I should be after 3 months. And then I go back into shore and one of the guys told me they were some of the biggest waves he's ever surfed and I think, "ok. Maybe I'm not THAT bad." At least I was out there having a ... read more
Prizes of glory!
Dance Off!!
Blue sky winter days...

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Itacaré June 9th 2012

We seem to count the full moons that pass here in Itacare and I have now seen 4, including the full moon of May which was dubbed “Super-Moon”. I suppose it is actually 5 if I include the one I was here for in February when I first passed through for 5 days. Within a week of posting my last blog and celebrating 6 months of unemployment, I somehow picked up work and started a new job less than a week later as an English Teacher (yes – I’m still in Brazil!). For those of you who didn’t know, last year I did an internationally recognised online certificate before I left Australia to Teach English as a Second Language (TESL). It is one of those things I have always wanted to do but never ... read more
Close up!
Chilling with the girls
Tiririca Sunset

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Itacaré April 27th 2012

Dear Diary, I’m sorry for not writing to you in such a long time. You’ve been on my mind, I swear! I just have a special talent of procrastination – even over here I cannot shake it!! So after being in Itacare for 6 weeks now, I have discovered it is definitely a unique place and I am finding out the more I stay here, the people in this town are quite unique along with it! Last week I made a 6hr round-trip to the closest ‘big town’ Ilheus and extended my visa with the Federal Police. Considering my (very!) basic Portuguese I think I did quite well and now have another stamp in my passport for another 3 months - YAY! All done on day 89 of a 90 day visa! Lucky for me I ... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Itacaré April 2nd 2012

Capao, a small town of 1,000 hippies, rastafa's and with a permanent circus and acrobats is located on the boarder of Chapada Diamantina National Park in the state of Bahia, Brazil. I arrived in Chapada thinking I was going to spend 4 days in total – I left after 2 weeks of daily trekking, including an amazing 5 day trek out of Capao into Vale do Pati. Described as “Brazil’s Lost World”, it contains an abundance amount of secluded waterfalls, hidden caves, 300 metre climbs up what feels like vertical terrain, all to be rewarded with deep crystal clear pools and underground rivers which seem to spring out of the mountain side at any given time along the trail just in time for the perfect ‘cool off’ before continuing your day’s trek. All I can say ... read more
Day #1's waterfall
Moon Rising

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis March 2nd 2012

I have been travelling for 3 months now and have now decided to start writing a blog. I cannot guarantee the quality of my writing, or whether this may interest you at all, but I would like to update this once a week – even if it is only one sentence…..ok, maybe a damn good sentence – but it counts! This could be an interesting challenge, considering I have not kept up with the Facebook & email posts to date – but I have to start somewhere. Better late than never, right?! Let’s renegotiate for once a month then... So since Aaron left at the end of January, I have travelled up the east coast of Brazil between Rio de Janeiro & Salvador. And they are 2 very different cities and the cultures which thrive amongst ... read more
Arial d'Juda
Officially the BEST acai found thus far

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