Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Visitor
Sex? female
Profession/occupation? nurse
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? talking to a previous visitor
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? July 2004
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? it was hot and humid
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? how friendly the people are
What did negatively surprise you? Honiara is very dirty
What took longest to get used to? to work on hot afternoons
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? real Swiss cheese
What should you have brought along? more pictures and souveniers from Switzerland to show the locals my country
What did you do to prevent malaria? I took Lariam
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Gizo, Western Province
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House, [-]
How long did you stay at each location? 3 months
How much did you pay for each? [-]
Where did you usually eat? at home, my boyfriend is a good cook...
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? about CHF 5 per day for food
What local food/beverage did you like most? fish, sweet potatoes, all vegetables and fruits
What local food/beverage did you like least? -
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH, surgery
What was your occupation? nurse
What were your working days and hours? Monday - Friday, from 7am to 4pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? the language, don't underestimate pidgin English
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? reading, cooking, washing clothes (no washing machine)
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? September 2004
How long was your stay? 3 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? that happiness is not a question of how much you own, with very little you can do so much
Your advice to prospective visitors? be prepared for a third world country
What did you miss most when back at home again? the people, the islands
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? to have a washing machine
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 2,500 (not including flight to Solomon Islands)
Additional comments? It was always my dream to work in a third world country, and Solomon Islands was the best experience I ever had in my life! Worth more than everything I did so far.

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