Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? MD, pathologist
Home country? Germany
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? the Telepathology project
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? November 2004
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? provincial airport atmosphere
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? high standard of electronic techniques
What did negatively surprise you? primitive laboratory standards
What took longest to get used to? slow going
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? a library with books on Solomon Islands' natural history
What should you have brought along? less than I brought with me
What did you do to prevent malaria? Mephaquine
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Maravagi
Where did you stay? Hotel Mendana; [-]
How long did you stay at each location? 3.5 weeks; [-]
How much did you pay for each? SBD 16,000 total; [-]
Where did you usually eat? Hotel Mendana
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 25 - 130
What local food/beverage did you like most? coconut (drink), fruit
What local food/beverage did you like least? [-]
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? by bus
Where did you work? NRH telepathology, laboratory
What was your occupation? telecytology, improving microphotography,
What were your working days and hours? 6 - 10 hours
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? [-]
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? reading, writing
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? December 2004
How long was your stay? 3.5 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? a special religious view to the world
Your advice to prospective visitors? [-]
What did you miss most when back at home again? sweet melons and pineapples
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? [-]
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? [-]
Additional comments? [-]

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