“.. I am a Burner” – “A what?” – “A Burner!”
Welcome to this 6-part series all about Burning Man. Also, please help me welcome the newest writer for Just Something Silly. This Amsterdam native is a true adventure-seeker and go-getter. Jessica van Beusekom is not only one of my favorite people, over the next 6 months she will share her Burning Man experience with all of you. As well as, help future burners prepare and give us normal folks a sneak peek into what it’s like spending a week in the Nevada desert. You can expect a monthly blogpost from her. Starting right now, and ending with a recap of Burning man 2017 in September. I have already heard some of her crazy stories and trust me when I say, – you don’t want to miss this!
First, let me introduce myself: my name is Jessica and I am a Burner.
– A what?
– A Burner!
When I was around the age of 17 or 18, my dad once showed me something about Burning Man. My initial thought was that it was one of the most bizarre things I had heard about. However, me being someone that is rather attracted to the peculiar, the idea of Burning Man quickly started to grow on me and it became the number one thing on my to-do list.
Now, you might wonder what Burning Man is? Burning Man is an event which attracts about 60 thousand people to the Nevada desert, to come together and build a temporary city. Black Rock City is entirely built and manned by its attendees, who gravitate to the region annually because of its unique love-based and creative enhancing environment. You are likely to encounter the craziest things, talk to the most inspiring people and find yourself pushing your boundaries. To call Burning Man a festival would not do it justice.. It is so much more. It is a beautiful odyssey, which needs to be experienced to fully understand what it actually is.
Deciding that you are going to Burning Man is one thing, but actually making it happen is another. Burning Man requires planning: from your accommodation to your food to your outfits.. it is a lot of planning! Especially when you are a ‘virgin Burner’, the planning process can be overwhelming.. But fear not! I am here to help!
Through this mini-series I will share with you my journey to this year’s Burn, in which I will share with you my tips and advise on how to best prepare for it. The man burns in less than 6 months, so time to get to it!
Leave questions for Jessica in the comments below.