Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? medical student
Home country? UK
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? ambition to travel to remote areas
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? March 2005
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? Busy and hot! Friendly people.
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? The honesty and openess of the people.
What did negatively surprise you? The domestic travel unreliability, which I was aware of before arriving.
What took longest to get used to? culture
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? air conditioning
What should you have brought along? [-]
What did you do to prevent malaria? net, prophylaxis, insect repellent, long clothing
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Lata, Temotu Province
Other places/provinces where you stayed? Reef Islands, Temotu Province
Where did you stay? guesthouse, [-]
How long did you stay at each location? 6 weeks, [-]
How much did you pay for each? SBD 90 per night, [-]
Where did you usually eat? home, guest at meals
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 50
What local food/beverage did you like most? fish
What local food/beverage did you like least? [-]
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? Lata Hospital, village clinics
What was your occupation? medical student
What were your working days and hours? mostly 4 days a week 8am-4pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? initially the language and local protocols
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? explore, talk, meet people.
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? April 2005
How long was your stay? 6.5 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? too short
What did you learn from the locals? Optimism. Living for today.
Your advice to prospective visitors? Be prepared for living without luxuries and a very humid weather.
What did you miss most when back at home again? weather, isolation, peace and quiet
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? hot water, reliable electricity, refrigerator
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? GBP 1,800
Additional comments? If you are fully prepared to travel and explore to remote areas, and enjoy living in sometimes difficult conditions, you will find the Solomon Islands most rewarding.

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