A New Beginning: Back to the United States of America

After a year of blogging about my month-long European experience, we have finally come to the end of the 4-part chapter (Netherlands, Germany, England, France).  Your feedback over the past year has been incredible, and I feel ecstatic that you all have either been able to relate or use my posts to help guide your own experiences. Mission accomplished!


The morning of my return flight, I woke up at 5am to commute to the Charles de Gaulle Airport, the largest international airport in France. On my way from my hostel to my Paris metro stop, I observed a number of people out and about setting up shop between the hours of 5:45 and 6am! I was grateful for the company at that hour though because I was a foreigner walking through the dark streets of Paris. When I finally made it onto the Metro, I was greeted by a violinist who played some of the most beautiful and somber music I ever heard (see video)! It was very fitting because while I was happy that I would see my family in ten hours from that point, I was also feeling despondent because I was leaving such a magnificent place. Additionally, I did not know when I would have the opportunity to return (business inquiries here). Fortunately, I have great memories and people during my travels that will be in my life for as long as I live.

In this last post of my European adventure, I decided to summarize everything in the poem listed below:

To the people who made it possible for me to have this experience

A new understanding of what was unseen
International Humanitarian Law, family, friends, a new continent, politics
The opportunity to share with others pieces of my dreams
A new side of me
To travel by oneself in foreign scenes
With God’s protection, I arrived and departed safely
Help to those in need
Food for the hungry
Advice to those who seek
Sharing it, remembering it, creating more of it

Thank you everyone,
Chanel Chauvet

P.S. The “US v. Europe” observational posts will continue as they seem to be the most liked. If there is any other topic related to that point that you would like me to blog about in the future, please do let me know! 🙂 Next stop is Atlanta, Georgia!


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