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 colleague
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? December 2003
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? a poor country
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? the expertise of the surgeons at the National Referral Hospital
What did negatively surprise you? the attidude of certain ex-pats and tourists
What took longest to get used to? the humidity
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? -
What should you have brought along? a motorcycle
What did you do to prevent malaria? Mefloquin
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? [-]
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House
How long did you stay at each location? 2 months
How much did you pay for each? nothing
Where did you usually eat? Kiwi-House
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 5 - 10
What local food/beverage did you like most? watermelon, cold water
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? every day 7.45am until late afternoon
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? as a medical student I didn't know enough to be really helpful
Did you feel accepted by the locals? not sure
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? study or go for a walk
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? January 2004
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? how to make a basket out of palm leaves
Your advice to prospective visitors? Behave properly and considerately. Ask whether you can take along something for the hospital.
What did you miss most when back at home again? the fine fruits, the warm climate, the sea, the relaxed atmosphere
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? the cleanliness
Would you go back for another stay? maybe
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 3,000
Additional comments? I cannot recommend the Gizo Hotel.

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