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? reading an article
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? January 2003
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? Yes, my passport was taken away
What was your first impression after arrival? I was surprised that someone came to pick me up
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? friendly people
What did negatively surprise you? Honiara, internet cafe opening hours
What took longest to get used to? opening hours of the bank
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? chocolate and coffee
What should you have brought along? chocolate and coffee
What did you do to prevent malaria? the first 2 months: Mefloquin, then only repellent
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House, then housesitting near King George, then Tasahe ridge, near Ngossi village sharing a house
How long did you stay at each location? 3 weeks Kiwi-House, about 1 month housesitting, and the rest in Tasahe
How much did you pay for each? SBD 1000 for sharing a house
Where did you usually eat? cafeteria, at home, in restaurants
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 15
What local food/beverage did you like most? natural coconut juice, pineapple and fish
What local food/beverage did you like least? chili tuna
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk; bus; someone always stopped on the road and picked you up
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? medical student
What were your working days and hours? 7:45am till about 5pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? English medical terms
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? meet up with friends, shopping in the market, go fishing or bushwalking
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? April 2003
How long was your stay? 3 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? not to worry about details, to relax
Your advice to prospective visitors? don't be afraid
What did you miss most when back at home again? my veranda and homestay family, frangipani trees, the clouds
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? chocolate, to go to a cafe and get a cappucino
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 4,000
Additional comments? don't be shy meeting people

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