Down but not Out in a Honiara hotel

Arrived in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on Tuesday and went straight to the National Archives where the staff awaited me with a little, informal celebration. It was very thoughtful, and after a hardy meal, we went to work. I had a plan of work, but that plan was tossed out the window into the rain, endless rain, as more significant issues rose within the hour of my arrival. No worries. We archivists can change our direction and focus on a dime when we have to.

Today (Thursday) I’m held hostage in my hotel room due to a bout of indigestion. I have a lot of good qualities, but an iron gut has never been one of them. God only knows what I ate or drank, or both to keep me in close proximity of my toilet. I’m sure you travelers who have suffered from Montezuma’s Revenge can emphasize. Oddly, my hotel is built in a hill, and the only options to get to my room is by a slow cable car or stairs.

These aren’t the best options when you have the “scoots.”

Fortunately, today, most of my work consists of working with the computer… and taking meds… and writing a blog post… and not leaving the sanctuary of my room. Tomorrow, however, I need my health as I have to be out and about town. Dare me to eat something from the town market? -B.

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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