After more than two days travelling, I was about to catch the last flight to the destination (Honiara, Solomon Island’s capital). At Brisbane’s airport, before last flight, I saw a big advertisement with a phrase: “adventure begins here”
Before the arrival, I already can see something about the island (Guadalcanal) from the plane: a very green island, a town no very big, many natural resources and few human resources.
When I got off the plane, intense heat welcomed me. The airport, the smallest and simplest I had never seen.
At the terminal, Tessa, the leader, was waiting for me, and outside, the group of young people who go to work and share the experience. One of the first stories was that everyone laughed when I put the seat belt in the car, here it wasn’t used.
On the road, one stop to buy coconut, and during the way, I was discovering the city while sipping coconut. The coconut was good but the city surprised me. Really, a town with low possibilities, but more shocking was the low environmental awareness, there was garbage everywhere, a place with a huge natural potential lost the charm.
I visited the office of “Solomon Islands National Youth Council”, where I was going to work, and then the group bring me to the house where I would live the next five months. It was like jumping into the past.
Now it was the moment to discover every surprise hidden in the house, the town, people…Step by step, I’m feeling the famous “Solomon time”. Here everything goes at a different pace and no worries.
The truth is that first impressions have been shocking. Everything is not what it appears on the Internet when you search for “Solomon Islands”. Different culture, different life style, difficult challenges, and one phrase in my mind: “expect the unexpected”. Gradually, I discover other things, places, people and stories that are worth knowing, a country with great potential that leaves no one indifferent. Now, again, “adventure begins here”