Observing Sweden – Christmas Eve at son-in-law’s home.

A time for presents here. The most surprising gift I received was a can of Surströmmings Filéer, something you eat . . . or maybe not.


When I began to open the can people started screaming, “No! Not in the house!”

It seems this stuff has a bit of an odor. One of the relatives opened a can in his apartment and was evicted the following day. True story. You are supposed to eat it outdoors. “Some people don’t like it,” I was told. “People in Norrland love it,” they said, and suggested breaking a cigarette into two parts and sticking the halves up my nose. “That will help.”

The English translation for this delicacy is posted in Google as: Fermented Herring.

I can’t wait.

My second surprise of the evening was being turned on to, The Swedish Elvis – Eilert Pilarm. If you do not already own a collection of his work I strongly suggest you give a listen to his interpretation of Jail House Rock. I guarantee you have never heard anything like it.

He can be found on Youtube.       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MiJTxlEdtQ

Ahhh, these Swedes.



About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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4 Responses to Observing Sweden – Christmas Eve at son-in-law’s home.

  1. catnipoflife says:

    Definitely NOT Elvis but one must give applaud him for trying 🙂 Merry Christmas, Bruce! You will have to give us a full report after Christmas!

  2. I think I’d plump for Elvis, given a choice !!!!
    And I’d pass on the fermented herrings – have you tried them yet Bruce ???

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