ACTUAL TEXT from an email I sent the guy who sits in the office next to mine today:
"Hey T---, something is really stinky in your office so I closed the door. Did you leave a hamster in your bag and forget to feed it?
Anyhow, there’s something whiffy in there. It’s the second day I smelled it, so I’m not sure what’s up. Are you at the conference?"
HIS ACTUAL RESPONSE:
It is the rakfisk I got from Ulf. It is basically rotten fish, but it tastes nice!!!
I suggest you just close the door today. I am in Holland, but back tomorrow."
Rotten fish in the office! I won't miss that! It smells like hell. I have a candle lit to try and ward off the stench from my office. (This by the way, is the second time I have had this experience. I once was knocked over by the stench from one in the small fridge on our floor, where we keep snacks and milk for our coffee. I threw it away, as NORMAL people do when something smells that bad. The owner of the dead thing dug it out of the garbage and chastised me nicely for throwing away his very expensive rotten horrible smelly fish, explaining that it is a delicacy. I just couldn't believe something that stinky was allowed in the office.)
There's other stuff I won't miss about Norway, but I gotta admit, their Christmas foods are very high on the list. I am NOT a fan of traditional Norwegian Christmas dishes.