YoMem - Young Messengers of European Memory
My story tells how I was able to join my friends on the island of Madeira after the last French lockdown. This story allows us to understand that the experiences and encounters that Europe makes us do allow us to be everywhere at home.
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My story is about my post-Erasmus, when I went to see my former Slovenian roommate on the island of Madeira. He was on Erasmus there. We didn’t see each other since my Erasmus in Slovenia and I went to spend a week with him and his German, Italian and Portuguese friends in Madeira. We were a group of young Europeans, of different nationalities, who met for a week.

This was after the last French lockdown, in May 2021. I hadn't been able to travel for a very long time and I missed it very much. I wasn't sure if I would be able to go because of the health restrictions for travel. I had to do a PCR test in France and a PCR test in Madeira to return to France. I was afraid because the result of my second PCR test arrived only 3 hours before my plane took off for France and I couldn't board without the result. 

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Why this story is important
This story is important to me because it is the continuation of other similar personal stories. I went to Rome to see Italian friends, I went to Brussels to see a friend, I went to Lisbon to see another friend, to Frankfurt and Barcelona as well. And my friends have been to Montpellier, in France, several times. The fact that I was in Erasmus, because I am a young European, allows me to have friends in all Europe. This kind of experience can also be important for others because it allows us to open up to the world with foreign people who show us their own culture.

We can see the values of openness of Europe. Thanks to this, we can travel to another country and meet a friend of another nationality. It is like going to meet a friend in another city of your own country. European values are about being at home everywhere, thanks to the people.
How this story was created
I wrote this story for a story exchange with partners during a transnational meeting for a project.
The goal was to tell what Europe was for me. The idea for this story came to me quickly because it shows how I live with Europe: through travel. I just told my experience, how I lived it and how it can be useful for other young Europeans.
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