Marie Collins

San Francisco, CA, USA

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  • Once non-profit researcher, turned corporate sellout, plo...
  • BA in Political Economy
  • From California, USA
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About Me


I love to laugh and try new things. My theory is that most of the world's problems are caused by people not understanding each other, so the more I explore new places and people, the more I'll be able to bring them together and erase some of the misunderstandings.


While I love solitude, particularly in nature, my deepest sense of satisfaction and peace comes from sharing happiness and kindness with others.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I tried to use it to find a roommate in Nairobi (unsuccessfully) and moved on to just hosting and showing people around the city when not busy with work. I can't host in San Francisco right now unfortunately, but hope to move somewhere I'll be able to soon!


I've hosted a handful of times and surfed even less, but I've been taken in by kind strangers in the past and had amazing experiences. My favorite was three years ago, when I got stranded in beautiful Masai Mara, Kenya, surrounded by hotels that were about 50 times more expensive than my budget and had nowhere to sleep. My friend and I were picked up by a kind stranger and whisked away to a hot air balloon camp. As luck would have it the stranger was a pilot, and the next morning we were flying over the grasslands, full of wildebeest, elephants, zebra, and giraffes. It was a surreal and unbelievable experience.


Dancing, speaking many languages poorly, trying new things, waxing philosophical, letting life take me where it will.

Music, Movies, and Books

Miike Snow, Bob Marley, Knaan, Depeche Mode, Bob Dylan, Florence and the Machine, Dave Matthews, Postal Service, R.E.M., Beck, Cat Stevens, Interpol, Jurassic 5, Michael Franti, Modest Mouse, Simon and Garfunkel, Yann Tiersen

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I met Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda. Sort of. I was carrying two cups of tea and so nervous about standing two feet away from a president that the saucers were chattering against the tea cups. I ended up trapped in a crowd with no way out to put the cups down and free up and hand to shake his. I was a little bitter afterwards about missing my opportunity, so I vowed to still count it as meeting him. ;)

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to learn everything. Which drives me crazy, because I can't remember anything. But I've lived a lot in my few years and I'm always happy to share it with those who want to hear it.

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, Ethiopia, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Rwanda, Singapore, Togo, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Egypt, India, Kenya, Uganda, United States

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