Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? medical student
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? browsing the web
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? September 2002
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? [-]
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? smiling people
What did negatively surprise you? some local men who could not keep their hands to themselves
What took longest to get used to? climate
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? food from home
What should you have brought along? [-]
What did you do to prevent malaria? Mephaquine and repellent
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Where did you stay? different guesthouses, home sitting
How long did you stay at each location? 1 - 3 weeks
How much did you pay for each? SBD 100/night [guesthouse]
Where did you usually eat? [hospital] cafeteria, Chinatown, home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 5
What local food/beverage did you like most? bush lime
What local food/beverage did you like least? fish
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? on foot and by bus
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? medical student [elective]
What were your working days and hours? Mon - Fri, 8am - 4:30pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? communication with patients
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? internet café, market, reading at home
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? November 2002
How long was your stay? 2.5 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? take responsibility
Your advice to prospective visitors? don't expect anything the same as at home
What did you miss most when back at home again? smiling people, sun
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? family and friends
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 4000
Additional comments? [-]

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