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Jugo wind Affects the Croatian State of Mind

By Marty Way


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Our walking food tour was cancelled at the last minute blaming the rainy Jugo (pronounced: ‘You-go’) weather. Vendors will be closed during these conditions, the notice explained, reducing the selections available for the food tour.

Rain and wind seems a trivial reason to cancel a food tour. People do eat indoors after all. But an outsider, like me, has to be educated about the magnitude of a Jugo wind. You see, it blows strongly from the south (Jugo is Croatian for ‘south.’ Huh?)(ergo: “Yugoslavia”…Slavia of the south) the Adriatic coast, has a warm, humid embrace and is typically accompanied by dark clouds and rain.

But a Jugo also affects the Croatian state of mind if it persists for many days. A person may blame the wind for their odd behaviour, grumpiness…or if their day is just isn’t going well. One’s Jugo can be blamed for headaches, nausea, absentmindedness, body pain and depression; it is the universal excuse; a useful antidote to work.

The opposite of a Jugo is a “Bura,” and it is preferred. The Bura whistles down from the mountains, imparts a chill…and does it with gusto. Bura winds can reach 220 km/hr, so standing up is tricky. Road traffic is disrupted, bridges are closed, ferry crossings get cancelled. However, the Bura clears everything out according to locals, “After a Bura you can see Italy” across the Adriatic.

So, having experiencing my first Jugo wind am I noticeably more petulant, lethargic and glum? Actually no. For two days warm wind blew relentlessly through my hair. I was rained upon by fast-moving, water-laden grey clouds. I’m feeling aired-out and cleaner.

Posted by WayWayFar 05:48 Archived in Croatia

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