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Overcoming Fears – AKA Taste Testing Shoro

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I hate to admit it, but I would have to say I’m a difficult person. I’m stubborn, have an insane amount of pet-peeves, and have a sometimes irrational germ phobia. When another student found out that I hate the idea of drinking or eating off random people, he responded with a shocked, “And you came here?!” Yes, I did come here, and I am happily working on my germ phobia. The kids in the family I am living with spit and cough on everything. We double-dip our teaspoons, use our hands to divvy out green onions, and eat our bread off the table top.

In light of all this “letting my guard down” behavior, I decided to conquer yet another fear – taste testing Shoro. Shoro is this crazy little drink that the Kyrgyz love. It is sold on nearly every street corner. On a normal day, you will see children, adults, and grandparents standing around these jugs chugging down some of the good stuff. The only problem is that it kind of smells like rotten food, or as I put it, old beer. The particular type I chose was the wheat-based drink, which is supposedly very healthy. Anthony, another American in town, said it took him about a month of trying it before he liked it. Now, he just can’t get enough.

So, I bit the bullet and gave it a whirl. You can see my reaction in this little video! Enjoy!


Taste Testing Shoro from Brooke Schoenman on Vimeo.

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7 Responses to Overcoming Fears – AKA Taste Testing Shoro

  1. Nomadic Matt April 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    Just think about all the resistance to bacteria you’re building up…you’ll never be sick again!

  2. ican'tthinkofanythingfunnytoday April 22, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Yeah! Brooke, so glad you’re posting again!!! That stuff looks nasty but it’s good you tried it 🙂

  3. Nomadic Matt April 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    I really like your site and how you are going to different places. Not many people go to the countries you go too!

  4. Denice April 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    Sounds like Bulgarian Boza! But there, it was rumored to make women’s breasts larger! I don’t remember the smell, but the taste was definitely memorable!

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