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Merrick Brown

Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China

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  • 2 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Aviation strategy consultant and fin...
  • BA in Economics and Government from ...
  • From Newton, MA USA
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me


Just moved to Hong Kong and looking to meet fun people here and on travels to lots of other places


I grew up in the Boston area, went to college and worked briefly in Texas, and then moved to Australia to help restructure airlines as an aviation management consultant. I'm occasionally asked to fix airplanes in random places like Bangladesh, but have no idea how to do that, despite once fixing a broken Delta tray table.

After four years of consulting, I took some time off to travel (50 countries in a little over two years!) and volunteered in the Philippines as a Kiva Fellow setting up a partnership between Kiva.org and a Filipino microfinance organization. It was fun, but now I've moved to Hong Kong and am getting back into the consulting world while still trying to travel as much as possible.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Past experience has really just been sleeping on friends couches but I'd love to meet people through CS


I like modern art, good food, fruity drinks that elicit frequent teasing, and almost anything involving the ocean. And travel!

Music, Movies & Books

Books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Glass Castle, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Confederacy of Dunces, Lolita, the Berenstein Bears

Movies: The Notebook, Down to You, Hearts in Atlantis, and American Beauty. I recently saw "No Strings Attached" and quite liked it. Embarrassing, I know.

Shows: I don't really watch TV, but occasionally watch stuff on Hulu. Mostly Grey's Anatomy and Family Guy, though a bit of MacGyver lately too. I used to love ER, Seinfeld, Friends, and Knight Rider.

Music: Coldplay, U2, John Mayer, James Blunt, Dido, and music by composer John Williams. I'm occasionally in the mood for The Beatles and Bob Dylan. I also admit to liking some Lady Gaga music (and going to a Lady Gaga concert in Manila)

Food: I'm definitely a foodie and there's not much I won't eat (a whole guinea pig, sea urchin, various forms of rattlesnake, fried bugs, whale served many different ways, and a pig's head on a sizzling platter are some of the odder things I've eaten). I particularly enjoy molecular gastronomy, sushi (o ya in Boston is pretty amazing), mexican, barbeque, thai salads, ice cream, and molten chocolate cakes. I probably eat out far too much and always try to find the best authentic local food when I travel (a bit like Anthony Bourdain).

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Piloted a helicopter over Hawaii and danced with the Filipino prisoners made famous in the YouTube Triller video.

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Micronesia, Federated States of, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, United States

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