Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? MD
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? April 2003
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? it's like an oven
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? someone was waiting for me at the airport
What did negatively surprise you? nothing, everything was better than expected
What took longest to get used to? the climate and the flies
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? being able to do outdoor sport in clothing appropriate for the climate without attracting attention
What should you have brought along? I did not miss anything
What did you do to prevent malaria? Lariam
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House
How long did you stay at each location? 10 weeks
How much did you pay for each? nothing
Where did you usually eat? at home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? almost nothing
What local food/beverage did you like most? papaya, watermelon, pineapple, coconuts, sweet potatoes, corn
What local food/beverage did you like least? I liked it all and I am really missing it!
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? registrar in orthopedics
What were your working days and hours? Mon - Fri, 7.45 am (precisely!) to about 5 pm, and weekend duty
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? anamneses in English
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? biking, sitting on the porch and chatting with colleagues
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? June 2003
How long was your stay? 10 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? a lot of operations I could not do at home
Your advice to prospective visitors? bring along books about traumatology and orthopedics, and off you go! But: nothing goes without a good knowledge of English!
What did you miss most when back at home again? papayas, the easy going life without much paper work
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? finally being able to do a lot of outdoor sport again without attracting attention
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 3,200
Additional comments? I can truly recommend going to Solomon Islands and working in a hospital, you will see the work at home from a completely different point of view and take off your blinders.

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