Imagine landing in a foreign country during a peace-keeping mission. You move into a compound where your taps run dry and then the generator blows up, leaving you with no water or power. It is hot, the sort of heat you cannot imagine and you have responsibility for a $60 million aid program.
This was Paula Henriksen’s introduction to the Solomon Islands when she started a two-year posting for the Australian Government in 2010.
Follow her funny and frustrating encounters with security guards, bank clerks and missing ferries as she started her new life in Honiara, the country's capital. Nothing was straightforward. Time was an endless piece of string and crocodiles lurked around every corner. She was tempted to run away…
This manuscript was ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2015 Finch Memoir Prize (under the previous title ‘Three Baskets Full’).
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