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? talking to a previous visitor
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? Dirty, unfriendly city, nice reception in Kiwi-House
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? the unspoiled nature, friendliness of people
What did negatively surprise you? many drunken people, lethargy of the people, religious indoctrination
What took longest to get used to? not to be stressed when something is not immediately available...
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? environmental protection in Honiara
What should you have brought along? mosquito net
What did you do to prevent malaria? Lariam 250mg once weekly
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Where did you stay? Kiwi House / hotels in the Western Province
How long did you stay at each location? 6.5 weeks / 1.5 weeks
How much did you pay for each? nothing for Kiwi-House, about SBD 250 for hotels
Where did you usually eat? cafeteria, home
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 10 to 15
What local food/beverage did you like most? pineapple, seafood, coconut milk
What local food/beverage did you like least? [-]
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? medical student
What were your working days and hours? 7:45 am to about 4/5 pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? infrastructural deficits/power and water supply problems in hospital
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? walking, biking, reading
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? July 2003
How long was your stay? 2 months
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? to accept any difficulty with a smile
Your advice to prospective visitors? Whenever you can, go outside Honiara! The nature is beautiful!
What did you miss most when back at home again? tropical waterfalls, coral reefs and the friendly people
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? family and friends
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 7,000
Additional comments? Upon arrival of the intervention force, many things will change, and the Solomons will certainly become more "westernized", which is a pitty. The earlier you go, the better for you...

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