Festivals have always given me the warm fuzzies. Thousands of souls in one place, celebrating and sharing in communal activities is my idea of fun. In my 20s, I traversed music and cultural festivals that spanned the European continent. Now with 34 wonderful years under my belt, I consider myself wiser, more travelled and festival-fit but nothing could have prepared me for this ...
An opportunity to attend Burning Man in the Nevada Desert came up last month so I floated the idea on Facebook and was astounded by the support and curiosity of my friends. The consensus was GO! Don't worry, you'll be fine. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
With only 2 weeks to prepare for an event that normally involves a year of planning, it was a disorientating whirlwind. Luckily for me, I had borrowed dust googles to navigate the storm! I left Australia on August 21 with a suitcase full of costumes and desert-wear, attended 'The Burn' and then decompressed down in Mexico at the TBEX travel bloggers conference.
Since my return I've been asked repeatedly, "So…. how was it?"
A simple enough question but where do I start?
Burning Man requires serious unraveling so instead of a normal narrative I'm recreating my experience as pieces of a puzzle in a series of posts. Whether you're interested in the logistics (What do you eat? How do you shower?!) or you're dying to know who attends and what they wear (is everyone naked?!) you can dive in and out of these posts as your curiosity demands. And please, if you find this story interesting or have more questions I'd love to hear from you in the comments.
(Note: These links will go live as I put up 1 post per day for the next week.)
- GETTING READY: What to pack and how to prepare
- HISTORY & OVERVIEW: What is Burning Man, how does it work?
- LOGISTICS: Communal effort and collaboration
- PEOPLE: Who goes to Burning Man?
- EMOTION: What does Burning man feel like?
- GIFTING: My creative Postcard Project
- DIARY: A day-by-day journal
- AFTER SHOCKS: What happens next?