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Marian Rosenberg

Haikou, Hainan, China

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  • 37 Positive References4 Neutral1 Negative
  • Fluent in Chinese, Chinese (Simplified), English; learning Hebrew (modern), Russian
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Chinese/English Translator specializ...
  • by teachers
  • From Baltimore,Md.,USA,N.America,W.Hemisphere,3rd Rock from the Sun
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me


Avoid Chinese New Year ... Have Fun in Australia <---- (That's the February 2013 Mission) New Current Mission (March 2014): Bike to Chengdu


Cognitive dissonance.

I hate sports and am unathletic which is why I am professionally involved in organizing sporting events and recently biked across China (2008, again in 2012, preparing to do it again in 2014)

I prefer to stay at home which is why I have spent the last 12 years living in a foreign country.

My extreme bookishness and dislike of the outdoors is why I have such an incredible tan.

I'm very unpopular and have dozens of friends and hundreds of acquaintances.

My mental image of myself and the real world person are not one and the same. The inner me is jealous of the person living my life and wishes I could be just like her. She's so cool.


WARNING - for no specific reason I tend to live a pretty caffeine-free lifestyle in Asia. As a result relatively small quantities of caffeine effect me the way speed effects most people.

Give me Diet Coke or coffee at your own risk.


life is too short to be unhappy

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I collect retaliatory negative references from creeps who eventually get kicked off of CS...

I am very willing to host couchsurfers when I'm not traveling. Provided I'm not especially busy and you don't want to go someplace hideously boring like Sanya I will gladly play (free) tour guide for my new 'home city' and 'home province'.


My very first experience of staying with someone I didn't know came on the train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. I was low on sleep and generally pathetic when another foreigner offered me use of one of the bedrooms in his house in the suburbs. Long story but even though I am rarely in contact with Chris I'm forever grateful to him as people who I eventually grew to knew from that chance meeting have become lifelong friends.

On my summer 2008 bike trip across China I surfed a variety of weird and wonderful locations with weird and wonderful stories, the bike shop, the tollbooth, the police station parking lot, the gas station, the basketball court, the long distance truck drivers who didn't think a girl should sleep in a tent, the man who thought my paid for accommodation too grungy for a girl and offered to let me sleep in his bed (I can, uh, I can go sleep in your hotel room instead), various random foreigners along the way, villagers, and much more.

Not so many couchsurfing experiences on the 2012 trip. The noodle shop owners, the Public Security Bureau officer, the random American, the National Tax Bureau Training Center Guesthouse, and the mining company offices were about it.

I've also surfed while traveling in Australia and Thailand with my best beloved.

My favorite thing about hosting is getting the opportunity to show off my city to others.


foreign languages, bikes and bicycling, medieval european history, philosophy, chocolate, cooking, lots of stuff

Music, Movies & Books

I'm very fond of books that have words in them. I prefer English or Chinese words. Pretty pictures are also okay.

--- My musical tastes are very broad and encompass just about anything. If you have some favorites, I'd love to know.

--- My tastes in movies is non-existent. I really don't care what I'm watching and I generally won't watch movies by myself. If you find it interesting, especially if you want to watch it with me (and discuss it afterwards) I'll watch it - whatever "it" is.

(And "it" has included everything from art films to bad porno.)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

learning to walk ...

... at the age of 19

learning to walk (again)...

... at the age of 28.

Teach, Learn, Share

I believe in the communicative approach when it comes to language. So be warned my Chinese tones are atrocious and my utter disregard for the rules of grammar absolutely shocking in a professional translator.

I'll also tell you more than you ever knew you wanted to know about bikes, biking, and international cycling events.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, China, Thailand, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

China, United States

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