I’m keeping my tropical island holiday theme going today as I learned some valuable lessons that I thought you might like to know. Also now that I am back at work I just want to remind myself that not so long I was on a tropical island.
So here goes–my top ten list of lessons learned from The Lodge on the Solomon Islands.
- If you are travelling with connecting flights always used the national carrier that owns the connecting flights. This proved particularly useful when the Dash 8s were grounded due to a plane crash and we were guaranteed flights off the island to Honiara. Yes, it may have been a little, tiny plane flown by a great big pilot, yes we were weighed before getting on the plane, but we did make our flight home.
- Being slightly drunk helps one board a tiny plane.
- Tinned whole tomatoes can be squashed up with a vodka bottle to make bloody marys.
- It is best not to do squash tomatoes while wearing a white kaftan.
- 30+ waterproof sunblock does work for four hours.
- Rash shirts do provide excellent sun protection while snorkelling, fishing and kayaking therefore preventing even more sun cancers.
- Rash shirts will never be a fashion item.
- There is no such thing as a decent face sunblock. Body sunblocks and zinc cream cause big fat acne pimples. Proper face sunblock does not stay on in the water. If there is such a thing as waterproof, non-pore blocking face sunblock could someone let me know or at least invent it.
- Freckles under ones eyes look really strange (see lesson 8).
- Buy your full duty free alcohol allowance. You will drink it all.