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Marina Zarea

New York, New York, United States

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Overview

  • 22 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Russian, Spanish; learning French
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • filmmaker, video editor, and photogr...
  • Syracuse University
  • From Born in Moscow, Russia, living in Brooklyn, New York.
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To prove to the world that we´re really all the same, in flesh and blood, but different in ideas and experiences, which makes it all the more interesting to be social human beings.

ABOUT ME

I am an extraverted introvert. I love traveling, languages, music, and art. I'm a certifiable museum nerd.

PHILOSOPHY

Have fun at all costs. Well, not at all costs per se, But you get my point.

You live and learn, and every day is a good day. Every experience is a learning experience.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have yet to host, but was saved by couchsurfing in Peru. I fell sick and was taken in by a wonderful person who lived in Ecotruly Park, a Hari Krishna monastery. I lived with him and other devotees for about three weeks while I recovered. I get lots of couchsurfing messages from people passing through New York City and Syracuse, asking for advice or to hang out. I love couchsurfing!

Interests

I love ... in one word, art.

In more: video, photo, story-telling, animation, music (I play bass guitar), painting, designing, nature, and architecture.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: I listen to everything you can imagine, from Italian gangster-rap to Chinese metal. I have a soft spot for Eurovision. I managed an alternative college radio station, and currently DJ for an FM station in Syracuse.

Some of my favorite bands are Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Children of Bodom, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jarabe de Palo, Marina and the Diamonds, Diane Birch, Soda Stereo, Amy Winehouse, Manu Chao, and Kino. I love going to shows.

I also listen to A LOT of radio stories, from shows/podcasts such as The Moth, This American Life, and Radiolab.

Books: My alltime favorite is The Master and Margarita (Bulgakov) and anything by Haruki Murakami. I love O. Henry, Kurt Vonnegut, and Dostoyevsky. My guilty pleasures are cheesy sci-fi/fantasy novels. Actually, they are the bane of my existence because once I start reading one book, I will not stop until I have read at least 5 more. Books are like drugs.

Movies: I am obsessed with animation. I love Pixar and anything by Studio Ghibli. Recent favorites: La Femme Nikita, Submarine, Bridesmaids, Hearbreakers (the French film, not the American one!), Mermaid, Amelie.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I hitch-hiked through half of Peru. I got to Chiclayo in a pineapple and a rice truck, got robbed of all of my things that same day, and ended up living in Peru without my passport or money for three weeks. I was on Peruvian television twice, on the news for being assaulted in the street. I met a lot of amazing people, and learned that I'm not really afraid of anything anymore.

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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