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Getting a car

By on August 12, 2017

Getting a car was not on the agenda. We sold our car the day before we left New Zealand thinking that we wouldn’t be car owners for the next…


A Solomon Island’s Love Stori

By on August 8, 2017

Stori time at the office is not only a good chance for gossip, but also a good way for learning the lay of the land, practicing Pijin, and getting…


It’s been a long time, without you my friend.

By on August 4, 2017

Today we had a celebratory flat white to mark our one-month anniversary here. That’s right, they have flat whites here! The coffees here have that telltale long-life aftertaste, but…


Time goes by so slowly

By on August 1, 2017

Everyone in New Zealand has heard the term “island time”.

A term that is often used as an excuse for things that don’t run to schedule, lack of punctuality, and…


Dan and Nid go lo Village

By on July 29, 2017

As part of getting to know the Solomons, our organisation arranged for us to stay at a small village in the Guadalcanal province for a night. This village is…


Blast from the past

By on July 21, 2017

Some 30 years ago, Solomon Islands needed an accountant.

Dad applied for the job, got it, came here, and brought my mum along. While here, me and two of my…


Game of Patience

By on July 18, 2017

Using the internet here is a constant test of patience and determination.

It is painfully slow to the point that it should be considered a human rights violation in this…


Honiara’s First

By on July 13, 2017

Yes, I actually made space for this in one of our seven suitcases and finally put it back together today.

Behold! Honiara’s first Lillipad!

I don’t know this as an official…


First Impressions

By on July 12, 2017

We’ve passed the one-week mark and we’ve had a week of orientation interspersed with one public holiday, one power-cut, and two water-cuts already.

First impressions: Honiara is dusty and hot….


Nid go lo ofis first time

By on July 11, 2017

After being told the office opens anytime between 8 and 8:30 am, I arrived at 8:30 am to find it devoid of life. I came back at 8:50 am…