In 2007, I traveled to China for the first time and started a journal. As I traveled more and more, my collection of stories and photos grew, but no one else was able to see or partake in my adventures, so in the summer of 2010, when I worked at the World Expo in Shanghai, I took my journal online and started this blog, The Traveling Bird. Now, my journeys have expanded to cover adventuring in Europe, volunteering in Rwanda, interning in Hong Kong, traveling in Australia, studying at Harvard, and now living in Asia. As I continue to travel, the list grows, and I chip away at my bucket list of things to do & places to see in the future.
I find enjoyment in drinking tea, doing newspaper brain teasers like sudoku, ken-ken, and cryptoquotes, reading many, many books on my Kindle, and teaching myself foreign languages. I’ve studied Mandarin Chinese since age 13, and can speak some basic Cantonese, Spanish, and kinyarwanda. I must admit, 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.