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? June 2005
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? no
What was your first impression after arrival? I landed in paradise
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? friendly people
What did negatively surprise you? nothing
What took longest to get used to? humidity and heat
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? decent bread
What should you have brought along? balloons for the children
What did you do to prevent malaria? take Lariam
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Gizo, Western Province
Other places/provinces where you stayed? none
Where did you stay? Phoebe's Resthouse
How long did you stay at each location? 2 months
How much did you pay for each? SBD 60/night
Where did you usually eat? home/restaurant
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 15
What local food/beverage did you like most? tuna fish and Solbrew
What local food/beverage did you like least? betel nut
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? Gizo Hospital
What was your occupation? elective student
What were your working days and hours? 8.30am to 4.30pm
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? understanding the patients (pijin is not that easy to understand)
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? dive, explore islands, hang out with locals
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? July 2005
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? speak pijin
Your advice to prospective visitors? go there and expect the unexpected
What did you miss most when back at home again? how friendly people can be
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? no more mosquitos
Would you go back for another stay? Anytime!
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 7,500
Additional comments? This elective was the best thing I could do. I saw and have done things I will never see again in my life. Just keep an eye on your belongings because my passport was stolen and it was really difficult to get a new one....

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