|After leaving Burlington with a full stomach of Friendly's pancakes (with real Vermont maple syrup) we began our trek home to Prospect. Dave and I took a slight detour in Brattleboro, VT in search of the SIT headquarters and a Vermont souvenir superstore. We found signs leading to my temporary university, but alas every picture I have is an unrecognizable blur as we drove past. The hope of buying maple syrup died as well in the traffic of downtown, but my disappointment was forgotten once we arrived at our next stop. Just a few miles down I-91 lies Deerfield, Massachusetts. It seems like an ordinary (dare I say boring) New England town until you step inside its most unanticipated attractions. I had teased David mercilessly for months for even suggesting this stop, but it proved fantastic: The Yankee Candle Headquarters and Superstore. I know what you all must be thinking- you're kidding me right? No. This place is a symbol of America. Not only do they sell candles, but food, house wares, toys and holiday decorations. Their Christmas store rivals Epcot, featuring trinkets from all over the world. It snows every 4 minutes inside the store and in the kids section, a human Santa is present year-round! It was craziness. If I could bottle up one store to describe American capitalism- this would be it.