Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? medical student
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? I met a friend who was planning an elective [in Solomon Islands]
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? December 2001
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? a healthy climate
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? the likeable and warmhearted people
What did negatively surprise you? the atmosphere of Honiara
What took longest to get used to? the narrowness of Honiara compared with the overwhelming wideness of the rest
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? you can't drink water from the tap
What should you have brought along? The Lonely Planet Solomon Islands book is very useful!!!
What did you do to prevent malaria? Lariam
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Gizo, Western Province
Where did you stay? Gizo hotel, Gizo; private, Honiara; guesthouses, Marovo Lagoon; Sir Duddley College, Isabel
How long did you stay at each location? Honiara, 1 week; Gizo, 7 weeks; Marovo Lagoon, 3 weeks; Isabel, 1 week
How much did you pay for each? CHF 10-20[/night], Gizo has got special conditions for medical students
Where did you usually eat? home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD [-]
What local food/beverage did you like most? slippery cabbage with tuna, Solbrew
What local food/beverage did you like least? can't remember! So many delicious things to eat!!!
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? on foot
Where did you work? Gizo Hospital
What was your occupation? medical student [elective]
What were your working days and hours? Mon - Fri, 8.30am to about 4.00pm with lunch break, some weekends on call
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? to be on call on your own on weekends (there was a phone to call the doctor)
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? diving, spend time with friends, kick boxing
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? April 2002
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? it's possible to make a lot out of a minimum
Your advice to prospective visitors? reserve time to visit different parts of this paradise
What did you miss most when back at home again? the climate and the sea
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? drinking water from the tap
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 7000
Additional comments? These are the Solomon Islands where everything is different! And I loved it so much!

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