Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? medical secretary
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? March 2003
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no, with Hermann it was easy
What was your first impression after arrival? [-]
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? easy to live (bus, food, post, money...)
What did negatively surprise you? nothing
What took longest to get used to? to understand the mentality of the people
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? nothing
What should you have brought along? we were well prepared
What did you do to prevent malaria? repellent
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Where did you stay? in a motel and a house
How long did you stay at each location? 1 month and 10 months
How much did you pay for each? SBD 1400 and SBD 2000
Where did you usually eat? lunch: cafeteria, restaurant; dinner: at home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 5 to 30
What local food/beverage did you like most? fruits and vegetables
What local food/beverage did you like least? tapioca pudding
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? by bus
Where did you work? NRH, Telepathology
What was your occupation? secretary and computer instructor
What were your working days and hours? morning only
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? the computer often broke down
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? nothing special, read.....
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? January 2004
How long was your stay? 11 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? a lot
Your advice to prospective visitors? do not expect a lot
What did you miss most when back at home again? the friends
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? to see friends and family
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? a lot...
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