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? reading an article
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? May 2004
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? wow, everything works very fine
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? the heat was quite bearable for me, not much mosquitos
What did negatively surprise you? that - after the first impression - not everything worked very fine
What took longest to get used to? the daily delays of many things; the occasional bad water supply
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? my friends and familiy, Swiss cheese
What should you have brought along? I can't think of something
What did you do to prevent malaria? Lariam, repellent as soon as it got dark, mosquito net
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? the whole time (11 weeks)
How much did you pay for each? nothing
Where did you usually eat? at home in the Kiwi-House
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 30 per day
What local food/beverage did you like most? fish, pineapples, and coconuts
What local food/beverage did you like least? yam
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? from 7.45 am until around 5 am (very variable)
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? The initial introduction to the working process was not very good.
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? shopping, cooking, eating, laundry, internet, chatting, reading
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? July 2004
How long was your stay? 11 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? accepting what you get, patience, and some good jokes
Your advice to prospective visitors? try to learn some pidgin English and exercise patience
What did you miss most when back at home again? the friendly people and their humor, pineapples
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? my family and friends, Swiss cheese and Italian pasta
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 5,000
Additional comments? It is not always easy to get out of Honiara, but definitely worth it! Don't let yourself stop from experiencing the real, amazing and wonderful Solomon Islands!

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