About the Bird


My mama and me

My name is Caroline but I go by Bird. I also go by Linus, which leads to the great combination- Liney Bird. I was a student at Harvard and am a fan of foreign languages. I love to travel and use my spare time blogging about my adventures.

I also find enjoyment in drinking tea and doing sudoku/ken-ken, reading many, many books on my Kindle, and teaching myself foreign languages. Unfortunately, I probably spend more time researching the best methods on how to study a foreign language than actually studying them. But now I know about all the different resources and learning methods and language websites that are out there, so that’s a plus. Just you wait, one day I’m going to come back a world-famous polyglot. Decalingual would be nice.


Using a dictionary to journal in Chinese while in rural China, 2009


11 thoughts on “About the Bird

  1. I really love your blog! I found it today when I was looking up birds but I am also extremely interested in China/Chinese so I really enjoyed reading your posts! (Especially the one about Bubble Tea haha-I just had some yesterday actually!)


  2. Hi Caroline! If you look two comments up, you’ll see one from “Rocky” ~ that’s me! Here I am, just over one year later, and I’m still a huge fan and loyal reader of your blog. I just wanted to thank you because one year ago, you & your blog inspired me to start my very own and I’ve been on WordPress ever since. I’m actually a high school senior and you also inspired me to apply to a few ivies because you seem like you’ve been having a great time studying at Harvard. (I find out where I’ve been accepted at 5:00 tonight. So excited and so nervous all at the same time!) Anyway, keep up the great blogging! 🙂


    • Hi Rocky! I’m so happy to hear that! I’m glad you’ve started blogging– it’s definitely a great way to record all your memories, travels, and stories. Good luck!! No matter what happens, everything happens for a reason, so even if the end result isn’t what you wanted initially, it might end up being the best thing to happen to you!

      I originally applied early-decision to an extremely structured and focused business/foreign language program at Wharton/UPenn and got waitlisted, then rejected. I thought that was what I really, really wanted to do with my life at the time, but now I look back and am so happy that I didn’t get accepted there. So it all works out, trust me!


  3. Great idea to journal in the language you are trying to learn! Do you still journal in Chinese? Maybe I should try in French, it might help me out. 🙂


    • No, unfortunately. I haven’t since my 2009 trip (it definitely takes more time!). Now that I do it online, I write them in English so family and friends can understand 😉 I totally agree though- it’s one of the best ways to help with learning a language because it makes you realize what common, useful words you don’t know. And it gets you thinking in the language.


  4. Hey, I’ve enjoyed reading your adventures and I appreciate your info about the school in Rwanda. I nominated you for the Liebster Award. It’s totally not spam and you probably won’t find much on google about it – I didn’t. It’s pretty much a way to spread the blogging love. You can read about it on my blog. Thanks for sharing your stories!


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