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? August 2003
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? intervention troops everywhere
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? smiling and friendly people
What did negatively surprise you? young men shouting and whistling after me
What took longest to get used to? heat and Pidgin
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Swiss chocolate, friends and family
What should you have brought along? presents for the locals
What did you do to prevent malaria? Mefaquine, mosquito net & repellent
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? the whole 3 months
How much did you pay for each? nothing
Where did you usually eat? home, NRH cafeteria, Seoul Cafeteria
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 10
What local food/beverage did you like most? pineapple & other 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
What was your occupation? medical student (elective)
What were your working days and hours? 5 days from 7.45 am to 4 pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? Pidgin English
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? read, market, Internet Cafe, talk to local people
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? November 2003
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? take things as they come
Your advice to prospective visitors? be open for everything, talk to the local people
What did you miss most when back at home again? my new friends
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? friends and family
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 7,000
Additional comments? I learned so much for my life! I had a wonderful time, but for a white woman it's not always easy.

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