Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? medical student
Home country? Germany
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? talking to a pathologist in Basel
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? August 2002
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? yes, getting a tourist visa for a 3 1/2 months stay
What was your first impression after arrival? green, hot and humid island
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? friendlyness of the people
What did negatively surprise you? lazyness of the people
What took longest to get used to? heat and sweat
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? nothing special (except: Swiss cheese and chocolate)
What should you have brought along? more time to spend
What did you do to prevent malaria? Lariam, Antibrumm (repellent)
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House
How long did you stay at each location? 3 months
How much did you pay for each? SBD 150 per month
Where did you usually eat? Kiwi-House, [hospital] cafeteria
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 10-15
What local food/beverage did you like most? fresh fruit from the market, fish and chips
What local food/beverage did you like least? shells
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? on foot
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? working like a registrar [elective]
What were your working days and 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? cooking,sleeping,diving,meeting locals around the area
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? November 2002
How long was your stay? 3 1/2 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? patience (how to open coconuts, build palmroofs, relax)
Your advice to prospective visitors? [-]
What did you miss most when back at home again? fresh fruits, sun and friendlyness
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? my family, friends
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 6500
Additional comments? [-]

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