Have A Good Burn

by Brenna Holeman
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Burning Man 2011
Black Rock Desert, Nevada

What can I say about Burning Man that hasn’t been said before? For those who don’t know, Burning Man is a festival held in Black Rock Desert of Nevada every year, and it has been going on for 25 years. Once a small festival, it now hosts 50 000 people a year, selling out for the first time ever in 2011. One of its many ideas is that you must bring everything you need to survive for one week in the desert, and you must leave nothing behind; this leads to cars and trucks and trailers packed to the hilt with food, water, tents, bicycles, and, of course, art and costumes.

Burning Man was an incredible week, one filled with emotion. It was elaborate and fun costumes, beautiful and creative artwork, hot days and freezing nights, kind and generous people, music and dance, and dust, dust, dust. We camped with thousands of others, trying to sleep during the hot afternoons to prepare for nights of mayhem, of running around, laughing, dancing, meeting new people, jumping on art cars, and attempting to take all of the festival’s magic in. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I truly hope to return one day.

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kay* October 28, 2011 - 5:54 am

i LOVE LOVE all the head/hair adornments you’re wearing….is that an indian wedding tikka i spy? you need to come back to india and model some of the things i want to buy for my online shop…..

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures October 28, 2011 - 10:07 pm

BM isn’t for me, but I always enjoy reading about it. Your pics are incredible and you look so joyous and beautiful!!! Love the pink sari!

This Battered Suitcase October 29, 2011 - 6:49 pm

K – It is indeed! A lot of the jewellery I wore there was from India. And trust me, if I had the money to get back to India, I would be there in a heartbeat!

Andi – Yes, Burning Man really isn’t for everyone; I was worried about it myself before going. Thank you so much for your nice comments; I bought that sari in Varanasi and I’m so glad I had a chance to wear it again!

Audrey October 29, 2011 - 10:30 pm

Love these photos! The first one looks like a mirage in the distance. It must be surreal approaching this place!!!

This Battered Suitcase October 29, 2011 - 11:46 pm

Thanks Audrey! The entire event is indeed surreal…

Morning Glory: London's Early Morning Rave - This Battered Suitcase July 20, 2014 - 10:13 am

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