Hello and welcome. My name is Nathan Bryant and I was born and raised in Denver Colorado, USA. While Denver is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in the world, it's hard to be certain unless you see everything else. Thus, the quest begins to find a place on this planet in which its beauty has no comparison. To fund this quest, which has started back in August of 2007, I will highlight as an international teacher of history, political science, geography and philosophy. This job will not only put me overseas and pay me a salary, but also give me around 3 months off a year to travel. Ha, beat that Dr. Jones! Since starting this journal I have been living in Dubai. However, as of August 2009 I will be relocating from the Middle East to the far East. More specifically, Taiwan. Feel free to say hello or ask a question, I may even get the right answer. Enjoy.
First day leaving America, the adventure begins!
Please Gods of Travel, hear my call and allow me to visit Hong Kong by this blessed day!
July 4th 2010
Over the past month once I finished uploading the pictures for this entry, I’ve been considering how I would write an entry that would broadly connect what was seen and provide and overall central theme. That’s simply not going to happen, at least not in the space that I typically limit myself to when writing on this blog. It’s not due to being lazy (save I know I could keep this blog a little more current), but more to the fact that I think it would take an entire novel to connect what is shown in this entry. Within the span of nearly two days, I visited the majority of major museums within the mall of DC. In many ways, it verified all that was suggested in my high school American history textbook of events and ... read more
June 30th 2010
Washington DC, the Disneyland for both historians and super-patriots! In all honesty, it is quite an event to come to DC after spending the past 3 years overseas. I was once told by a friend that I would not know my own culture until I have traveled and lived in another. This has turned out to be a very powerful statement. After being overseas for this long, I now know that I act and think like an American. Perhaps there are Americans that read this and ponder, "hmm, and just what do Americans act like?" My response: start from the top of this entry and begin reading again. Now becoming aware, and in many ways proud, to be a self-recognized American, my first trip to DC had a certain flavor to it. Mix this with my ... read more
June 28th 2010
New York City has always proved to be a welcoming part of returning back to the US, and why not? The amount of culture, life and energy that exists here can never truly be written about, only experienced. When I walk through bright city nights, scan the diverse yet similar crowd while riding the subway trains, even just take a walk and become confronted with the testament of what man can build after each and every street corner, it becomes easy to understand that this city is in a class of its own. For my loyal readers who have made it past this first paragraph, I want to thank you for your dedication in wanting to share my thoughts and views of this place we all refer to as Earth. Perhaps you may ask the following, ... read more
June 22nd 2010
Walking across the stage and finally experiencing the moment of holding my degree. At long last, a two year journey of late nights, working through lunches, being a student while being on vacation, it has all come to an end. As of this posted date, my next work hard/play hard destination was in Vermont to finish my Master’s program, as well as celebrate. Now that my future trips and adventures will be true in name, absent of homework and papers, does this mean my travelblog entries will change as well? An answer only possible to find with the passage of time. Over the past two years, Norwich proved to be a very positive option for me. While I wanted to gain a Master’s in my field, this one being in Diplomacy with a Conflict Resolution focus, ... read more
April 11th 2010
Taroko (meaning magnificent and beautiful in the local Truku native language) is one of the seven national parks of Taiwan and proves to be one of the best ways to spend a weekend here in Taiwan. As I did the best to convey with my pictures, Taroko represents ancient Chinese landscape: tall green mountains, deep valleys with clear rivers at the bottom, all eerily framed with a heavy mist. With a temple or two typically poking out from any viewpoint, one can easily get the sense of the spirit of an older China. While the man made trails and bridges may at first give the impression this is an easy park to get around in, nothing could be further from the truth. Given the steepness of the mountains and sheer drop-offs from narrow trails, this park ... read more
March 8th 2010
After a day to settle in and see some of the world famous sites of Beijing, the time to promote world peace for future generations was soon at hand. The next few days of this trip encompassed more of the work hard component. First and foremost, I was very proud of the students I was able to work with and as a teacher, I gained first-hand accounts of how students can be prepared to meet future global issues. The Model United Nations (MUN) has an interesting history. The United Nations was of course preceded by the League of Nations after the end of WW I. Given the rise of world tensions and the outbreak of WW II, the League didn’t display the best track record. With the UN being formed after WW II, the objective of ... read more
March 6th 2010
With a third year of teaching overseas, let the much relished tradition of international conferences continue with a trip to the capitol of China: Beijing! Or at least this is the thought that went through my mind as this opportunity came up at my current school in Taiwan. This next conference is one for our school Model United Nations program. In short (and to be explained more in the next entry), there is an international high school program that aims to introduce and develop our current international political system as a means of integrating peaceful methods towards conflict resolution to the current generaion. In other words, students from around the world come together to see if they have what it takes to tackle some of our current global dilemmas under a UN model. How is this ... read more
March 1st 2010
This short but sweet entry stands in defense of all major travel sights that are only denoted a sparse paragraph at best in the many travel books currently in existence. The Pu Tain Temple (in the Qe Fong area), though famous in the local scene, is hardly mentioned in my current standing library of texts concerning Taiwan. What exactly is it? A Temple that is no like no other and offers a great way to spend an afternoon, not to mention a chance to pray to the deity of ‘hooking up’ (under the notion of finding your future partner of course). This temple was built in 1967 by a former Hsinchu City Council member. Of course, the most famous attribute is the very imposing 120 meter high statue of Guan Gong, a military historical figure of ... read more
February 2nd 2010
It was the most pristine of places and it was the most polluted of places. Borocay and Manilla certainly present two different faces of the Philippines itself, and I’ve no doubt there are even more sides that exist in this country. However, staying in Borocay, a stunning beach of white sand and clear water in the morning and then walking through Manilla that same night, one can’t help to notice that a change has occurred. These places represent a larger idea of the Philippines, that it is a diverse nation and like any other, some parts may be more preferable than the other. With this statement, beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. Manilla was a city that offered a lot of history, culture and kind people. As for myself, I found the pristine ... read more
January 26th 2010
It feels disorienting to wake up in a simple and foreign village that you've somehow gotten used to, and yet, when you know it is to be your last day, you wonder what life will be like again back home. Has the world changed, have I changed? Here in the village my job was simple, direct students and locals in the task of building homes for others in need. Though this objective was simple, its purpose was immense: to help fellow human beings. Once the evening came and I returned to the modern world, would my simple yet meaningful existence continue? Hardly. Perhaps now I’m beginning to understand why issues of mental health are so much more prevalent in the developed societies. The complexity of our lives, the foggy understanding of our contribution to a greater ... read more