Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? MD
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? March 2006
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Where is the runway?
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? friendly people
What did negatively surprise you? burning and looting
What took longest to get used to? hot weather
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? a nice pizza
What should you have brought along? I had everything.
What did you do to prevent malaria? Lariam
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? none
Where did you stay? United Church Resthouse / Kiwi-House
How long did you stay at each location? 2 weeks / 2 weeks
How much did you pay for each? SBD 72 a night / nothing
Where did you usually eat? Yacht Club
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 40
What local food/beverage did you like most? Solbrew
What local food/beverage did you like least? everything was nice
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? voice
Comments? You have to buy a new SIM card, which costs you SBD 400!!! No SMS to Europe.
Money matters
What did you use to get cash at automatic teller machines (ATMs)?
Bank (Debit) Card and Credit Card
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH, General Surgery
What was your occupation? doctor (registrar)
What were your working days and hours? at least 8 hours a day
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? the heat
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? eating, go for a walk
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? April 2006
How long was your stay? 4 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? some words in pidgin English
Your advice to prospective visitors? It is a wonderful country, unfortunatly I got into this tension.
What did you miss most when back at home again? heat, friendly people
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? hot shower
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 4,500
Additional comments?

Unfortunatly, after three and a half weeks the tension started and they [the Australian and British High Commissions] recommended that visitors in Honiara should leave the country. Otherwise it was a great experience, which I can only recommend.

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This refers to the riot that started after the election of Prime Minister Snyder Rini and ended with the burning and looting of a large part of Honiara's Chinatown.