A Peruvian and his travelmates head to the beach in Kotor, Montenegro. They experience a slight natural disaster while getting some sun: the beach is on fire. Forest fires sweeping across the Balkans cause problems for these young travelers.
Hector: There’s a fire in the story. Should I introduce myself?
My name is Hector, I’m from Peru. Right now we’re in Macedonia. I am 22. Do I say I’m 22? I’m 22. I am a film student if that matters.
I was in Kotor, Montenegro and had been partying all night. We met a lot of people, including two German girls. The next morning I woke up, hungover, and ran into some American dudes we also met the night before. We started walking around and saw the two German girls. They said, “We rented a car and we were going to the only sandy beach in Montenegro.”
So we’re like, “Sure, why not?” Sandy beach. We’re driving there and we stop, because we need to get floaties. Anyway, we are at the floaty store a few miles away from the beach, and a fire truck goes by us.
Me: This was recently?
Hector: Maybe 2 weeks ago.
Me: They had a lot of fires recently.
“Oh, what’s that about?”
“Maybe the beach is on fire, ahaha.”
We left. We got there…. And the beach was on fire.
So we park the car and decide to go to the beach anyway, because it was full of people. We stayed at the beach for around 2 hours. There was a fire going on in the woods next to the beach. Maybe they’re just… sometimes they just burn…?
Me: Training drills?
Hector: It’s for controls, right? But then the smoke started to turn black and there was a cloud covering us. At this point, airplanes flew overhead and started to throw water. “Schhhh!”
We stayed for another hour, with the planes trying to contain the fire, until someone actually came and said, “Ok, you guys came in the car? You gotta leave because the fire is catching up to the parking lot.”
So we got evacuated and it actually became quite a big fire. That’s my story on how we outran a forest fire in Montenegro.