Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? electrician, fourth-year apprentice
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? an offer by my employer
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? May 2003
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? very hot, scattered litter, friendly people
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? people are very friendly, communicative, and not stressed
What did negatively surprise you? working together with some local craftsmen needed a lot of patience
What took longest to get used to? initial operation of the rainwater pump took place at the last possible moment
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? the mountains
What should you have brought along? [-]
What did you do to prevent malaria? take a Doxycyclin pill every day
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Gizo, Western Province
Where did you stay? Travellers Motel in Honiara, Gelvinas Motel in Gizo
How long did you stay at each location? 1 week in Honiara, 2 weeks in Gizo
How much did you pay for each? SBD 150
Where did you usually eat? at a restaurant or at home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 50
What local food/beverage did you like most? fresh fruits and fish
What local food/beverage did you like least? there was always something I liked
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH and Gizo Hospital
What was your occupation? installation of a rainwater pump and electrical installations in a building
What were your working days and hours? Mon to Fri (occasionally Sat), 8am to 4pm, with lunch break
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? depending on plumbers in Honiara; electrical installations without conduits and wall boxes
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? drink beer, cook, do the laundry, sleep
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? May 2003
How long was your stay? 3 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? a little Pijin, everyday life is possible with less stress
Your advice to prospective visitors? enjoy a few weeks without stress and few obligations and the beautiful landscape with islands and the sea
What did you miss most when back at home again? nothing, I have memorized all those beautiful impressions
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? meet my family and mates, take up orienteering again
Would you go back for another stay? maybe
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? nothing for me, it was all financed by my employer, EW Altdorf. Many thanks!
Additional comments? It was great to experience this country together with my pal and at the same time do something useful. It was intriguing to meet people who have no money, and yet - in my opinion - are not poor.

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