Burn Baby Burn - Burning Man Festival

Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Monday, August 30, 2010

So whats all this Burning Man nonsense about then?

Well we spent many nights in a Peruvian internet cafe trying to figure it out. Its a festival, gathering, fire art, mutant vehicle kinda of a party in the desert. Key philosophies of The Man include;

 "Radical Freedom of Expression" and

 "Unconditional Giving and Receiving" .... now youīre interested !!

All this fun takes place in Nevada on a huge dried up lake bed ( The Playa) and the only thing supplied are portaloos. We are so lucky to be going with our chums and children who are vets of the Man and know how to have an amazing time.

To survive and enjoy you must take enough water, food, shade structure, full camping kit, bike, dust goggles, costumes, a selection of ridiculous hats .......and loads more.  You also have to pack everything out including all your rubbish , every last bit and all your dirty water!!!

There is nothing to buy, repeat, nothing to buy. Fellow " Burners" gift you stuff. Its hard to explain hence the link. 


After 5 hours driving in cars rammed to bursting we arrive to no huge corporate coke or pepsi sponsorship hoardings,  just a small A Board with some shaky writing that says " Welcome to the Burning Man".   As we havent been before we constitue BM  virgins and are asked to get out of our car and pretend to be fish, lie on the floor and roll in the playa dust, then we are hugged welcomed home and have to ring a huge bell!

Camps are set up to create Metropolis (This years theme)  and centered around the huge wooden structure that is" The Man" and who will be burnt. Lots of folks have themed tents and sound systems, cocktail bars ( remember you cant buy anything.... but you can get  piņa coladas in return for a hug!).  All manner of events, art projects, daft stuff, helpfull stuff, strange stuff, goes on.

The Playa is one of the highlights. A vast strech of desert where folks are as free as birds to ride their bikes naked ( literally) into the sunset and hitch a ride on a mutant vehicle or disco bus trundling round the desert. Fire sculptures huge and small light and warm you after sunset. Its like being a kid. The Playa at night has no lights so Burners have to dress themselves and their bikes and families up with this elwire stuff or other funky lights, get with the goggles and dust masks and head off to the fun zone. It all makes for a fantastic spectacle. A typical night would include a ride on a jellyfish party bus for a sunset Playa trip followed by a huge Praying Mantis mutant vehicle doing his rounds.

We ate, drank and partied like true burners, we gifted and received, we learnt about the perils of playa dust and got caught in sand storms. We didnīt shower for five days and wore a ridiculous outfit everynight. We watched The Man burn and shed tears at the Temple for friends and loved ones no longer in this world.

Thanks to all our lovely friends who made burners of us and thanks to all the new friends that make Burning Man so special. Who ever said you canīt get  something for nothing never went to BM.

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