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…on Stanwood

  1. It is both delightful and surprising that this village is one of the stops for trains between Vancouver & Seattle. I’d love to know the back story on how they wrangled that.
  2. The QFC here has the best champagne & port selection I’ve ever seen in a supermarket. So I bought myself a 1998 Comte de Champagne and a Dow’s 20-year tawny port. Bliss.
  3. It should be easier to get between Stanwood and the island by bicycle.
  4. Pursuant to 1&3, I would love to be able to come to The Beach without rending a car.
  5. A general point on th’America: it’s so easy to buy things here! One can buy cutting boards and prescription drugs at the¬†grocery¬†store, and groceries and [awful] clothing at the pharmacy/chemist. It’s almost disconcerting.
  6. A Stanwood exception to 5: it’s impossible to buy a decent cheese grater in this town. Or a bike pump. Sigh.
  7. No one outside the UK understands queuing. Thankfully in the US it’s socially acceptable to rebut a stranger’s questioning of the queue one has begun.

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