Marielle Butters

Boulder, CO, United States

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  • Fluent in English, French; learning Arabic, Indonesian, Spanish, Swahili
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • No occupation listed
  • linguistics, anthropology, and psychology
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


Fully understand and emulate the quote: Live not like the cistern that carries water, but the fountain that overflows with it.


One evening some years ago, I put on my old, red feathered mask and a long black dress and wondered about the down town of my city for several hours. At first, those who saw me were a little unnerved by the presence of a strange masked woman. Their hesitation turned to inpatient curiosity. Soon, I could not walk three steps without being approached by someone wanting to know my story and what I was all about. I made up a different story each time, improvising wildly and pulling from any books, films, or poems I could conjure to mind.

The last man I spoke with was an artist. When I told him my name was "Morgiana" - a name I had taken from 1001 Arabian Nights - he gasped and (to my horror) tears welled in his eyes. He rifled through the drawings in his old, battered briefcase and produced a small ink portrait of a beautiful woman with long flowing hair and a sinuous body. In the bottom right corner was written the name "Morgiana." Unknowingly, I had appeared before this man, reincarnated, as his lost great love.

These kinds of beautiful coincidences and the pure enthusiasm with which the people that night greeted me because I was different summarize my drive to travel. It made me eager to meet and share with perfect strangers, rather than to be content with only conventional methods of meeting.


If you really want something, the entire universe conspires to let you have it.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Splendid. How beautiful to meet people and share with them openly for no other reason than that we are united free spirits.


Painting, writing, sketching, reading, hiking, exploring, ADVENTURE, meeting new people, swimming in the ocean, horseback riding, learning languages, etc etc

Music, Movies, and Books

George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, Paulo Coelho, Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut. . .

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The whirling dervishes of Turkey
The Kecak dances of Bali
Camping on the Yemeni border
Climbing volcanos in Indonesia
Walking hand in hand with the children of Sumatra
Sampling the cheeses of France
New Years in Dubai
Trusting strangers in Sri Lanka
Staying in a snowy cabin in Norway
The Angkor temples of Cambodia
Traveling the Yucatan
and it goes on

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belize, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Norway, Oman, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Indonesia, United States

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