In 2021 and 20s, the Burning Man was not officially held. This is due to the coronavirus. But people can no longer wait! In late August — early September 2021, people got out for a week. I tell you what came of it.
To get to Burning Man you will have to fly to the city of Reno. When you get off the plane, the first thing you see in the terminal is the slot machines. The fact is that Reno is famous for its casinos. Some of the first casinos in Nevada were built there, when this entire gaming industry was allowed there in the thirties of the last century. Reno is also famous for being very easy to get divorced. It used to take six months. But there they signed a law and instead of 6 months, the process began — 6 weeks. Many couples came, lived there in hotels to get divorced, and then left for their homes. Reno is very cool, even because it is the largest small city, which means there is a nightlife.
It takes about 2 hours to get from Rеno, but in fact it will take you half a day.
When you head to the desert, to this festival, you have to take absolutely everything with you
There is nothing in the desert, but you need there: eat, drink, sleep. Provisions are needed, so you need to shop at your local Walmart. Buy a bike, preferably in advance. Do all this online, just to come and pick up your order.
About 70,000 people come to the festival and the bulk, not all of course, but most are purchased in Walmart. The sections in which you want to find your products are almost empty. Some go shopping to California, but the journey takes 2 hours.
At the entrance there is a small town called Gerlach
The bulk of Gerlach’s economy is built on the people who come to the event. There they live, refuel at a gas station, where of course — gasoline is more expensive than elsewhere. In my opinion, the most expensive gasoline in America. They buy used bicycles, often take food, more water than needed. Local stores do not accept returns this week. Even if the things were new, the packaging was not opened — it will not be returned.
The last two years there has been no festival, so Gerlach, I can imagine how he suffers. The police issue fines for all offenders on the road. You drive along a picturesque place and look on the map, which is very close to the place, you are already overwhelmed with emotions, someone has already opened a beer in the car and turned on the music. And there, along the bypass road, the speed limit is 70, 50, 35 and 25 miles.
Again, the economy of this city is based on how many fines will be issued to you, how many products and things you buy there.
Although the Burning Man was held unofficially in 2021, everyone was happy
From the fact that we have arrived in this dust, many are already familiar with everything around. Mountains, sand, it’s right now to flop down and wallow in this sand. Black Rock City is the name of the place in the desert where everything happens.
When you exit the main road, there is a 5 mph speed limit if officially enacted. This year there was no organization, people did what they wanted, cars drove in the zone where you need to travel 5 miles — 60 or more. It created a certain beauty.
Those who have arrived who understand and have organized themselves more or less correctly.
Who heard what Burning Man is? In addition, some drug addicts listen to electronic music in the desert. I want to explain… So that you have a real understanding of this event.
Burning Man is an experimental community of people who think differently
And the largest exhibition of contemporary art in North America, and in fact — in the whole world. Here is some of them.
Burning Man rules and ticket prices
First, money does not flow, the economy is based on giving gifts. It can be both reciprocal and in one direction.
There is no need for money, driver’s license or bank cards. All live and function in the city. This is considered a city, if officially Las Vegas is the 1st city, Reno 2nd, then Burning Maine is the second or third city in terms of population for this week of the festival.
Interesting personalities around. Visually, this is roughly a mixture of the Kin-Dza-Dza movie with Mad Max.
Second rule. Do not rely on anyone.
You rely only on yourself for support. Nobody owes you anything, nobody will give you anything. You come to the desert and provide for yourself completely.
Many did not understand and said that they did not give you anything for the money that they gave for the ticket! The ticket price is 500 bucks.
You guys don’t understand, money is paid for the organization. For the fact that they put up a fence, they divided the sectors; there is a guard; that there is a medical center. If something happens to you, overheat drugs — a helicopter will fly out for you.
There is some money from ticket sales that the organizers cannot use. They pass them on to artists and artists who make huge installations. So I believe the $500 ticket the moat is fully justified, nevertheless — no one owes you anything. Bring all the provisions yourself, where you will sleep, what to ride, what to eat, drink, dress — it’s all entirely up to you. Nobody owes you anything!
Third, you participate in absolutely everything.
You become a full-fledged citizen of this community. Not that you come and see what the weirdo is doing, no.
But this does not mean that if you are offered drugs or have sex, you must agree. Say no, it’s okay.
Fourth rule. No means no, yes means yes. I don’t remember what year it was, there was such a camp, you go in and there they stretch the film like condoms. Through it, you kiss with absolutely strangers. My friend refused, and that’s okay.
Fifth, the main thing that affects burning MAN is not to leave any trash behind.That is, we come to the desert where there is nothing, nothing grows and does not live there, nothing happens at all. You pour water on the floor, the water is not absorbed, but immediately turns into clay and lies on the surface. It also sounds like this – when we leave, we leave everything in its original form. This taught me a lot.
It is allowed to bring children to Burning MAN. There is no age limit for you to understand.
All tents with adult entertainment are clearly marked and children are no longer allowed there.
There are tents where girls offer sex, but keep in mind what kind of girls are there …
There are camps where orgies take place, you can come with your girlfriend. There simply beds are made, or there is a separate room where you come and change partners there.
There are, for example, camps where girls whose menstruation is dressed in white, and they paint pictures with this menstruation. In general, this is a perversion, but I am telling you everything that actually happens there. Although, there are a lot of interesting things that do not fit into the usual framework.All intimate things are held in closed tents, closed tents. We have to come there ourselves, you yourself understand where you are going, look for this vulgarity, drugs. Yes, if you want to see the art — please, it’s in the public domain. There are sports camps, sports yoga. You can rent a bike, again for free.
Dogs were seen at the unofficial Burning Man 2021, and it is forbidden to bring them with you. We saw motorcycles, cars drove in the wrong places where they were supposed to ride. The rest was all the same as usually happens. The same decorated people, the same cool music, there were almost no sober people.
We brought interesting cars and interesting music with us. But not without incident.
Since there were almost no toilets this year. Long lines gathered to them, the guys had to relieve themselves in jars and stand in line with them in their hands. The girls used cat litter buckets.
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