Black Rock City, NV // Burn Baby Burn
So we did it. We actually went to burning man. And it was FREAKING AMAZING!
It was magical. I've honestly been having a hard time describing why it was so great in words to people (a la this video), it was that awesome. The best I can do is say it's an adult pure fun zone where you literally give 0 f*cks except about having a good time and enjoying the people around you. You want to eat a taco? Go over there to the taco tent! You want to relax in a hammock? There's an entire mushroom made of parachutes and hammocks! Be naked today? You can do that too.
Needless to say we loved it.
Rahim and I discussed on the way home that we feel like we discovered a different way of "relaxing" - one where you just relax your mind instead of relax your physical body. Kind of like meditation, but an active one. Most of the time when you tell someone you want to relax or you tell somebody else to relax, you're referring to laying on the couch, watching netflix, eating chips & napping. At Burning Man we did a LOT of activity (15+ steps a day and 5+ miles on a bike) but we both felt the most relaxed we've been in months, and that's because we stopped caring about things for a minute! We shut our minds off from worry and just focused on being present. It was really powerful in a way that seems silly to describe afterwards, but I highly recommend trying it out if you can.
A few random pieces of advice for you, and our handy dandy packing list that was perfect:
- If driving from LA, I highly recommend taking the way up by Mammoth, it's gorg
- And with that, even though it's tiring - we left at 10pm and got there at 9am and there was no line to get in!
- Go in with no expectations :)
- Relax, don't dwell and enjoy the moment! Go with your own flow
- If you're going to the Man's ashes after he burns, beware it is full of wonderful naked people trying to find warmth tehehe
- Bring fun gifts for people - anything from a Polaroid shot to a disco ball is a good gift
The one thing I do want to elaborate on is my favorite exhibit, the "hippie trap" as Dani calls it (not sure if that's the actual name?). This thing was awesome you laid on cushions underneath this tent of lights and it was like watching a 3D enormous kaleidescope while listening to Classical music. Check it out here.
There really are no other words so have fun exploring the few pictures I managed to remember to take of the experience :) hope to see you there next year.
Michelle (aka Posh - thanks Dani)
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