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Offline lucy

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« on: May 28, 2008, 22:36 PM »
Nick’s put up some descriptions of the Tramuntana.  Reading them reminded me of the couple of times I’ve been caught out in it.  It was like finding yourself on a deafening runway.  Cycling with the Tramuntana as a tail wind makes you feel like superman, but when the road turns and it blasts you from the side, you’ve got no choice but to get off, or be lifted into the next field.  I remember watching a seagull suspended in one spot, before it suddenly gave up the fight, and got whisked out of sight in an instant.

I wonder how it affected Nick, as he lived in the Empordà for a while.

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 23:02 PM »
As I remember, it was an excuse for all the kids I taught to go nuts. Adults who would normally sternly disapprove would just smile, shrug and say, "It's the Tramontana, nothing you can do".

A self-fulfilling prophesy? Or does it really open the dark heart of the Ampurdonian?
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008, 14:26 PM »
Greetings Lucy and Nick and All ,
At the risk of going off-topic here, briefly - but association of ideas requires it - the wind in Tarifa (famous for windsurfing) is the Levante. Not sure if it's only an urban/rural legend but I've been told on a couple of occasions that it can drive people crazy and that it is considered an attenuating circumstance for violent acts commited while it's blowing. Not to be confused with the Levante that blows elsewhere on the Mediterranean coast, which apparently is a pleasant, soothing breeze in summer.

Off to do some research and hopefully open new thread on Levante wind soon...

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