Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? MD
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? Dr. Oberli
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? summer 1996
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? yes, had to leave my Toblerone 'cause of the honey (see note)
What was your first impression after arrival? quite lost but it was beautiful
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? friendly people
What did negatively surprise you? Honiara
What took longest to get used to? litter
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? easy transport
What should you have brought along? surfboard
What did you do to prevent malaria? pills, long sleeves, net, repellent
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Where did you stay? Kiwi-House, guesthouse
How long did you stay at each location? all together 9 weeks
How much did you pay for each? forgotten
Where did you usually eat? home, [hospital] cafeteria
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? forgotten
What local food/beverage did you like most? fruit, vegetables, local stuff, Solbrew
What local food/beverage did you like least? nothing really, "jellynut" [water filled coconut]
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? on foot
Where did you work? NRH
What was your occupation? student [elective]
What were your working days and hours? all days, morning till afternoon not to late
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? nothing, I was just very happy to be able to learn so many things!
Did you feel accepted by the locals? yes
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? reading, exploring, snorkling, socializing
Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? autumn 1996
How long was your stay? 9 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? island time
Your advice to prospective visitors? take time
What did you miss most when back at home again? weather, speed of living, people
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? family
Would you go back for another stay? yes
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? around CHF 5000
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