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Infinite Country by Patricia Engel | Thoughts

   Published : 2021   ||    Format : print   ||    Location : Colombia ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   What was it about the country that kept everyone hostage to its fantasy? The previous month, on its own soil, an American man went to his job at a plant and gunned down fourteen coworkers, and last spring alone there were four different school shootings. A nation at war with itself, yet people still spoke of it as some kind of paradise.. Thoughts : Infinite Country follows two characters - young Talia, who at the beginning of this book, escapes a girl’s reform school in North Colombia so that she can make her previously booked flight to the US. Before she can do that, she needs to travel many miles to reach her father and get her ticket to the rest of her family. As we follow Talia’s treacherous journey south, we learn about how she ended up in the reform school in the first place and why half her family resides in the US. Infinite Country tells the story of her family through the other protagonist, El

Snapshots from a long break


After a long road trip that involved driving for more than 1700 miles, it is wonderful to be home finally. We started at Raleigh and went all the way to the Niagara Falls before returning. There was a lot of driving in two cars which was tiring (our parents and the husband's brother were also with us) and the husband had to work from home during some of the days (boo!) but it was still a fun trip with no drama this time.

View from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. We did go up to the
102nd floor as well, but honestly, there wasn't much difference.

We headed first to Raleigh, where two of our buddies stay. We spent the wet weekend leisurely, playing bowling and mini golf and eating great food. On Monday was the husband's brother's convocation in Winston-Salem. We drove to New York next after spending the night at our home, to attend my brother's convocation. That evening, we hung around Times Square, visiting Madame Tussauds, the Empire State Building and the 911 memorial. Madame Tussauds was an anticlimax, mainly because I knew so much about the wax works that the artifacts didn't impress me too much when I finally saw them. The memorial, however, was simply breathtaking, with the two pools appropriately majestic and profound. The names of all who lost their lives that day were etched along the border of the pools. It was very moving being at the site of the attacks and I thought the memorial paid a proper tribute to those who died that day.

The North and South pools at the 911 memorial site.

We then spent the last leg of our vacation in Niagara Falls, which I was visiting for the first time and the husband for the second time. The Falls were also overwhelmingly beautiful and even that's an understatement. We took the boat ride to the center of the Falls and that was an amazing experience - to be so close to the Falls. I'm glad that I can cross that out of my bucket list.

Niagara falls

The parents are leaving for India today, after a nice long stay with us. It's going to be really quiet around here now - our dog is definitely going to miss them. On the plus side, I will hopefully get more reading time.

Comments

kai charles said…
Gorgeous pictures! Hope you get time to read again soon :)
zibilee said…
Oh, man, it looks like you had a most amazing trip! I love the pics that you provided, and am so glad that you got to have that experience! Glad you are back!
Great pictures. I love NF. :) You should do the heli ride one day. It was amazing.
Jenn said…
What a great trip! Thanks for sharing.
Helen Murdoch said…
It sounds like you had a wonderful time on your vacation! I've never been to Niagra Falls, it looks fantastic. The 9/11 memorial looks great, when I went years ago it was nothing and disappointing.
Athira / Aths said…
Glad to be back too! The trip was definitely fun.
Athira / Aths said…
We didn't stay too long in Niagara but I hope to go back some day and even cross over to Canada. I should plan to do the heli ride too.
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, I believe they opened the memorial two-three years ago only. There is still a lot of construction happening all around - someday that place will be able to settle down.
Kim Ukura said…
Your trip looks wonderful! I've wanted to go to the 9/11 memorial the last couple of years, but it never seems to work out. Hopefully I will get to see it the next time I'm in New York, it looks lovely.
JoV said…
Thanks for sharing the pictures. I hope to visit Big Apple one day. Glad you had fun!
Athira / Aths said…
It's a beautiful though somber place to visit. There is still a lot of construction happening in that area. I hope you will get a chance to visit.
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