Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? Software Developer
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? browsing the web
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? July 2004
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? It was hot, it was dusty
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? The extraordinary nice and happy people of Solomon Islands
What did negatively surprise you? The many expats who feel superior than the locals
What took longest to get used to? nothing really...
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? Swiss Cheese :-)
What should you have brought along? more own music and books (not much entertainment in Honiara)
What did you do to prevent malaria? Mefloquin (watch out, causes really funny dreams during the night)
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Gizo Hospital, Western Province
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House, [-]
How long did you stay at each location? 3 months, [-]
How much did you pay for each? nothing, [-]
Where did you usually eat? at home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? less than CHF 5 a day
What local food/beverage did you like most? All the fruits, fish
What local food/beverage did you like least? meat (but I am NOT a vegetarian)
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? IT Specialist
What were your working days and hours? 8 to 10 hours a day
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? Everything that is IT-related is expensive and hard to get
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? Trips on weekends, chatting and reading in the evenings
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? September 2004
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? Compared to them, our problems are really small: Let's complain a bit less
Your advice to prospective visitors? Enjoy every minute, as soon as you are back, you will miss Solomon Islands
What did you miss most when back at home again? The people, the food, the beautiful islands
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? Swiss Cheese :-)
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 2,500 (travel costs not included, we were on a world trip)
Additional comments? The most valuable experience I've ever made.

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