Frances Collins

Des Moines, IA, United States

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  • From St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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About Me


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I like wearing scarves, reading random books (and collecting them), dancing, random art, and I'm currently learning all about the mechanics of the nonprofit world (where I work).


There is a reason for everything, I just try to find the right ones.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have attended get-togethers with other CS folks in Des Moines, like to Fong's Pizza or to Gray's Lake. Getting to know the surfer's around here is just as fun as getting to know the ones who are traveling around.


Before I settled in Des Moines, I stayed on a couch in Des Moines with couch surfers and was impressed by how cool they were.

Living here, I have hosted a traveler going to New York on our couch and we had great conversations. When I lived in Arizona, my roomates and I had a German-American stay with us one week. She talked about how she could not live anywhere that did not have a Tango dance culture.


Challenging conversations, good personal stories, coffee and beer culture, local art, performance art, camping, canoeing, running shoes, diy projects, driving, and Chinese checkers.

Music, Movies, and Books

book: Xenocide (last in Ender's Game series)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Canoeing down the San Juan River in the four corners area (Southwestern United States). The geology was so dynamic passing through that canyon - that's a big deal for rocks - usually not the most dynamic things in the world.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can talk brass music with others, I can talk in Spanish with others (mas o menos), I can share the local art scene, I can share my kite. I also have a great kitchen, so I can share that, too.

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