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A Season of Goodbyes and Hellos

In the past few months, life has taken me on a whirlwind of emotions, marked by heartfelt farewells and warm welcomes. It's been a journey of saying goodbye to a dear friend and welcoming a new volunteer, Magdalena, into our tight-knit community. But let me take you through the recent chapters of my life here in Nykøbing, Denmark.

One of the most challenging moments I've had to face recently was bidding farewell to Debbie, a cherished member of our volunteer group. She had been a ray of sunshine in our lives, always ready to lend a helping hand and share her infectious laughter. Her departure left a void that would be hard to fill, but we knew that life had its own plans for each of us. So, with heavy hearts, we wished her the best on her new journey.As the seasons changed and Nykøbing embraced the fall, we welcomed Magdalena into our community. Her arrival brought with it a new energy and perspective. Magdalena quickly became an integral part of our group, and it didn't take long for her to create her own special place in our hearts. Her enthusiasm and willingness to dive into our various projects were truly inspiring, and we felt blessed to have her join our team.In between these changes, I had the chance to return to my home country, Italy. There, I reunited with my dear mother, my beloved cat Ori, and my cherished friends. The warmth of their presence and the familiar sights and sounds of my hometown provided a much-needed sense of comfort and rejuvenation. It reminded me of the importance of staying connected to one's roots.Back in Nykøbing, the arrival of the autumn holidays brought about a unique opportunity for our community. We decided to resurrect the Swap Shop, an event that had always been a hit in the past. This time, it exceeded all our expectations, and with the combined efforts of my colleagues, we decided to make it a permanent fixture. The Swap Shop is not only a great way to promote sustainable practices but also a fantastic way to bring our community closer together.During September I was invited by my hosting organization Dansk ICYE to partecipate at an Arrival Training where I had the chance to meet so many new amazing people! I made so many strong connections that I will keep in my heart forever.Life in Nykøbing has been a rollercoaster of emotions recently, filled with goodbyes and hellos. It's a testament to the ever-changing nature of our existence and the resilience of the human spirit. We embrace change, cherish memories, and look forward to the exciting new adventures that await us.As we bid farewell to Debbie and welcome Magdalena, I am reminded that the strength of our community lies in its ability to adapt, grow, and support one another. With the Swap Shop now a permanent fixture, our bond is stronger than ever, and I'm excited to see what the future holds for us!