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? talking to a previous visitor
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? May 2004
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no, even though my return flight was scheduled beyond the standard 3-month visa limit
What was your first impression after arrival? we got a very warm welcome from Evon fom the hospital at the airport
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? everybody was very helpful and it seemed organized
What did negatively surprise you? Honiara was very dirty
What took longest to get used to? the betel nut juice spitting people
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? good food, family and friends
What should you have brought along? I had about everything I needed
What did you do to prevent malaria? took Lariam once a week, repellent and mosquito net
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? spent seven weeks in Gizo (Western Province) doing the divemaster course
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House and Phoebe's resthouse
How long did you stay at each location? 8 weeks in Honiara, 7 weeks in Gizo
How much did you pay for each? SBD 55 / night at Phoebe's
Where did you usually eat? home, eating out on some evenings
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 30 / day
What local food/beverage did you like most? coconut, bush lime, lobster, mudcrab, pineapples
What local food/beverage did you like least? all the funny looking vegetables which you cannot possibly eat
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH, Gynecology and Obstetrics
What was your occupation? medical student
What were your working days and hours? 8am - approx. 3pm, Monday - Friday
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? short consultations with patients (You have cancer, go home and die.)
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? reading, having fun in the Kiwi-House, sightseeing and diving on weekends
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? September 2004
How long was your stay? 17 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? no worries
Your advice to prospective visitors? go diving in Tulaghi and the Western Province
What did you miss most when back at home again? the ocean
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? the food!
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 7,000 (diving and visiting Uepi Island wasn't cheap)
Additional comments? Go and visit other places outside Honiara, although it is not always easy. Go diving, Solomon Islands belong to the worlds best diving places, spend the money, it is absolutely worth it. If you have the chance, go to Uepi Island and Tulaghi (cheaper), both are awesome.

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