Tsu yé ikhwasatîn (I’ll see you again)!

22 Sep

As the Statendam ends her season in Alaska, I found it rather poignant to learn that the Tlingit people (indigenous people of Alaska) wouldn’t say goodbye, just “I’ll see you again, Tsu yé ikhwasatîn.”  Those of you who have been on a cruise or worked on a cruise ship will hopefully understand why I found this touching, as you have experienced how people become a part of your life very quickly and then are gone just as suddenly.  Certainly this is not isolated to the cruise ship industry, but it does seem to be magnified on ships, as people are constantly coming and going, embarking and disembarking.

I’ve found, however, that people you become close to, even for just a moment, are never truly gone from your life.  In three years of being a Techspert on nine of Holland America Line’s 15 ships, I can’t count the number of guests who have shown up to the Digital Workshop and realized we’ve sailed together before!  When it comes to fellow crew members, the numbers are even higher!  So many lives are brought together and often changed forever because of the connections made.

What I find truly incredible is that technology enables us to keep in touch with all these people, no matter where in the world we are!  Microsoft offers amazing free services through Windows Live Essentials (http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials?os=other) so you can stay in contact with all those around the world who matter to you.  It’s easy to see why Microsoft’s partnership with Holland America Line (through the Digital Workshop) makes so much sense!  Holland America Line brings people together and Microsoft allows them to stay together !

The past three years were unbelievably life-changing for me.  I have been truly blessed to be a part of this program and will always be grateful for the experiences I’ve had as a Techspert with Holland America Line.  As this phase of my life comes to a close, I’d like to leave you all with a song which embodies the Tlingit saying “Tsu yé ikhwasatîn (I’ll see you again)!” and comes from a time when it was far more difficult to keep in touch with those dear to you.

“We’ll Meet Again”

We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn


-Lauren, signing off for the last time as Techspert, ms Statendam


One Response to “Tsu yé ikhwasatîn (I’ll see you again)!”

  1. John O'Neil September 23, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    What a wonderful farewell. Such messages reflect the family/community of both the Holland America staff and fellow passengers who will see each other again. The techspert program has really been an education for me, and the techsperts who continue to “stay in touch” through their E-mail guidance are to be congratulated for caring about their student passengers.
    I wish you well in your future endeavors.

    John O’Neil

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