September 6, 2012
A year ago, I was surprised with a trip to the Burning Man (BM) festival. For those unfamiliar with the event, Black Rock City is an ephemeral town that exists for only one week each year created by 50,000+ “Burners” as a celebration for radical art. After a week, the city is completely disassembled and partially burned, leaving the stark, white desert exactly as bare as it had been when the event started.
Despite having an adventurous and open mind, I wasn’t enthusiastic at all. The idea of spending a week under brutal and inhospitable conditions of the desert and everything else that it involved based my preconception of the event. Besides, going to Burning Man meant huge preparation as the event is based on the concept of self-sufficiency. Attendees are expected to bring along all their own food, water, shelter and any other supplies and gear they need to live in the desert during [...]