Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? female
Profession/occupation? Medical Student
Home country? UK
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? browsing the web
Did you go alone or in company? alone
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? August 2007
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Dusty and hot
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? How nice the people were: the taxi man helped me find someone to stay when people failed to collect me from airport
What did negatively surprise you? Solomon Airlines - always delayed/cancelled!
What took longest to get used to? The heat
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Family, friends, a warm shower and clean towels!
What should you have brought along? More towels
What did you do to prevent malaria? Doxycycline + insect repellent + mosquito net.
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Gizo
Where did you stay? Hotel, Kiwi-House, rest house
How long did you stay at each location? 8 days, 5 weeks, 3 days
How much did you pay for each? SBD 300/night, 150/for entire 5 weeks, 150/night
Where did you usually eat? Home, Yacht Club
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 50-100
What local food/beverage did you like most? Solbrew
What local food/beverage did you like least? NA
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? -
Comments? -
Money matters
Used Amex Travellers Cheques in US$ to get cash
Used Royal Bank of Scotland debit card to get cash at ATMs
Comments? -
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH - neonatal unit
What was your occupation? Medical Student
What were your working days and hours? Monday - Friday normally mornings some afternoon clinics
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? NA
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Home, Honiara Hotel
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
How was the supervision? adequate
Comments -
How was the teaching? good
Comments -
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? October 2007
How long was your stay? 5 1/2 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? Be happy, accept invitations to everything
Your advice to prospective visitors? Its a big culture shock, takes a while to settle in but it will feel like home in the end!
What did you miss most when back at home again? The sun, the scuba diving
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? Clean towels, hot showers and family and friends
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? GBP 2,000 (but did include scuba diving PADI certification)
Additional comments? All very good very friendly people, Kiwi-House bit of a culture shock but soon becomes home! If based at NRH try and get to other islands as well - much more tropical. Safe for lone travellers.

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