Observing Sweden – Crayfish Parties

Strange Swedish Customs

Craw Good
It’s Swedish Crayfish party time again. Most of the crayfish come from China, which in itself is a bit strange, but whatever. Swedish crayfish are a very expensive delicacy.
There is much to learn, but this is only my 3rd party. I can manage to open the main section of the crayfish, but the claws . . . forget about it. It’s like trying to skin an armadillo.  I know enough of the drinking songs to hum along, and am expert at drinking. Participants are required to wear funny hats, sing songs, and consume as much Aquavit as possible.

AQUABelow see rare photo of myself and Patrik, my famous son-in-law, a Heavy Metal vocalist and songwriter (Civil War & Astral Doors).

Patrik & MePatrik - 2
See youtube video below for more information than you may want to know.

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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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16 Responses to Observing Sweden – Crayfish Parties

  1. Thanks for sharing this tradition. You may need to re-load the video – there is an error message.

  2. Tried to watch the video. Got an error. Enjoy those little critters. We find them in ditches. Can’t imagine importing them. I prefer the Louisiana fried variety. Crispy!

  3. tubularsock says:

    Chinese Crayfish in Sweden– just a cheap knockoff of Swedish Crayfish?
    Tubularsock would need a lot of Aquavit for sure.

    Interesting post Bruce. The video didn’t work for me so I’ll proceed directly to YouTube to see it.

  4. tubularsock says:

    Now Tubularsock knows far too much information about cheap Chinese crawfish and the Swedes.
    Thanks Bruce but the video that didn’t work was the Heavy Metal one. But Tubularsock proceeded to YouTube and reviewed Civil War & Astral Doors. Most excellent indeed. Your “famous son-in-law” does nice work on stage.

  5. Nice to see you carousing Bruce.. but I was disappointed – – no funny hat !!!
    I know what you mean about lobster legs – forget ’em…

  6. archecotech says:

    Watched the video, priceless. Love the party hats.

  7. ShimonZ says:

    That’s a fine picture with your son in law.

  8. Thanks for sharing this interesting custom. The silly hats and songs top it off. Had to laugh.

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