Broken English in the Solomon Islands

crew sign

“There’s no excuse for not learning the language,” an ex-voluntary aid worker on the flight from Brisbane to Honiara told me. “You should learn Pidgin.” Her name was Tania. She had previously worked in the Solomon Islands for two years as a torture and trauma psychologist with victims of domestic violence. Tania was on a [...]

TNC Arnavon Island project and the Women of Kia

Baby turtles hatching!

Of all the things that distinguish a traveller from a tourist perhaps the most denoting is the idea of a destination. For the traveller, is there such a thing? I’m consistently asked, Where are you going? How will you get around? What have you booked? I don’t know. It depends. I haven’t! Living like this [...]

Sex, surfing and saltwater crocodiles

Saltwater crocdile jaws have the crushing power of 3,000 pounds per square inch (PSI)

  I’d been sitting out the back with Chris, a local lad just learning to surf, when I felt that instinctive tightening of my gut and stillness of the mind. In the Solomon Islands it was saltwater crocodiles I was terrified of, not sharks. A shark, if it bites (the chance of an attack is [...]

A castle in the Solomon Islands

john at papatura

The Location: Papatura Island Retreat, Isabel Province It is close to dusk at the end of a 22-hour boat trip when I realise I’m not sure where I am. As the ship’s tender approaches a bay I spot a man in boardies, probably in his sixties, standing alone on the typically tropical beach. He gives [...]

A fresh guide to Tok Pisin and the power of laughter

Augusta of Kia

  There is nothing more lovely than the smile in a person’s eyes. And you’ll find that the same things make people smile and laugh all over the world – finding that commonality wherever you are is easy; just think that what your friends and family find funny, the rest of the world might too. [...]

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