View from the West: High and dry in “new normal” Fiji

Here, in what some call the “burning West”, a pub with no beer is to some parched human throats what a dry river is to a herd of thirsty cattle.

Due to COVID lockdowns, Fijians walked for close to two months in the shoes of Australian cultural icon Slim Dusty. For the first time in many of our lives, we had to contend with liquor outlets bereft of local beer brands.

It’s no exaggeration to say that our much proclaimed “Fiji smile” vanished during the “dry spell” from many a “westerner” face.

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