Claire Warnes

Carlisle, Cumbria, England

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  • Fluent in English; learning French, German, Lithuanian, Norwegian
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Novelist and office worker.
  • Abortive Ph.D
  • From Carlisle, Cumbria, England
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


Late-night conversation and keys to the infinite.


Call me Zed. Obsessive writer, devout metalhead, keen traveller, eternal student, aspiring polyglot, lazy musician, and silly person.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Best friend #1 and I have stayed with people in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Turkey; best friend #2 and I gave a Greek guy a lift across Lithuania to a festival; and I've hosted a few people. And it's all been great!


Writing, metal, going to gigs and festivals, learning languages, reading, walking and travelling, obviously!

Music, Movies, and Books

Films? Anything with a good story and / or beautiful choreography.

Music? Mainly black metal, but some other guitar-based music, of various styles.

Books? "Person has unlikely role in interesting place at some point in the past" is a pretty good plot, as far as I'm concerned. My favourite is "Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell".

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Travelled to Romania and back, via Albania, in a Peugeot 106 in the middle of winter. Although making the impromptu decision to climb the thirteenth highest mountain in England in the early hours of 1st January 2000 was marvellous too.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Slovakia, United Kingdom

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