Filmmaker / Phtographer
Los Angeles, USA
Bongo drums, documentaries and falling in love by food
Who is "you"?
Cassi is a fun-loving adventure seeking freak of nature. Love, good people, filmmaking, photography, cows, and travel rock her world. When not chasing sunsets, she is producing corporate videos for attorney’s who prosecute criminals.
Wich is the thing you love the most in your city?
What I love most about my city is the ocean, mountains and ethnic diversity. One can go to the beach in the morning, then drive 2 hours and ski in the afternoon. Also, I love that my city welcomes individuals from all nations. I enjoy going to dinner, and looking around the table and seeing friends from all over the world – sharing the same meal.
What makes you travel?
The NEED to see, feel and experience what’s beyond my front door makes me travel. I love diving into other cultures and travel gives me that outlet.
Places you´ve been in the world?
I have traveled to 12 countries and I have fallen in love with them all. There are 4 countries that hold a special place in my heart: Kenya / France / Norway / Italy Kenya: Upon arrival, my heart warmed and my eyes filled with tears. I felt like I was coming home. While on a 14 day safari, I was blown away while watching the animals living free and roaming the land. The friendly Kenyans and their colorful attire welcomed me with open arms. France: I discovered it’s beauty on a road trip – drove from Nice to Chamonix. On this trip, I experienced the magic of olives, bread & cheese. When olives are placed in any sauce, they create a party in your mouth. Italy: I love lasagna. During my last 14 day trip, I ate lasagna every day. The warm noodles, zesty tomato sauce, and creamy cheese was lasagn-gasmic!
Tell us a smell, a taste, a color, or a sense you remember from a place you´ve been?
Favorite memory, hiking through Cinque Terre – changed my life. The mountains overlooking the ocean and small towns are breathtaking. Norway: Land of beauty and fresh water. The drive from Oslo to Bergen is a drive that should be mandatory for all living on planet earth – you will never be the same after this experience. Also, the fish cakes in Bergen melt in your mouth!
What is the silliest thing you ever bought in your trips?
While in Kenya, I purchased a bongo drum with cow fur wrapped around the sides. One day, I picked it up (2 years after the purchase) and the fur started falling off. It freaked me out. It was as if it was alive and shedding. I got scared and threw it in the trash.
If Lisbon was a person, who does it remind you of?
If Lisbon was a person, it would be a male whose arms reached out and welcomed you with a handful of sweet treats, that melted in our mouth and fine wine from the countryside. He would carry you to all the stunning view points while whispering its history in your ear.
We hate tourism tours?
I don’t hate tourism tours. I like taking tours just to get the feel of the place, then I return to my favorite spots to spend more time.
Have you ever fell in love with someone when you travel?
Sadly, no. Does food count?
The most embarrassing/funny moment you had while travelling?
I’ve had many crazy moments while traveling. Once, I was traveling from Stuttgart, Germany to Paris, France via a train. My friend and I booked the sleeper car. When we boarded the sleeper car, the other passengers were already asleep (after midnight). We were assigned the top bunks on opposite sides of the room. When I climbed into mine, I accidentally stepped on the face of the guy who was sleeping beneath my bunk. He was not happy. The guy who was sleeping underneath my friends bunk, was snoring, so my friend decided to cough really loud, in hopes of waking him up to stop the snoring. After this didn’t work, she started poking him, hoping that he would wake and roll over. The coughing and poking went on all night – sadly, no sleep took place that night.
Back to Portugal, road tripping along the coast with 3 friends – starting at the top and driving down to the bottom – April 2016. We will explore and delight in it’s beauty. Yes, there will be lots of eating, wine tasting & dancing. Projects: I made a documentary entitled, “Next Tooth One Mile.” It explores the world of people with gaps between their two front teeth. For more information, visit my Facebook page “Next Tooth 1 Mile,” or view the documentary on YouTube - search “Next Tooth One Mile.”