Fast forward to 2015 when my plan to go was finally coming together. I was able to convince my bestie, Karla, to commit to going the following year. Convincing her was easy – I just sent her pictures and articles describing Burning Man, and that basically sealed the deal!
I still remember staying up till 3:00AM in India with three laptops and two phones, in line in the virtual waiting room to get the General Sale tickets. Karla, all the way on the East Coast, was doing the same thing, and we were extremely lucky to score two tickets and a vehicle pass!
THE VIRGIN’S GUIDE TO BURNING MAN: HOW I SURVIVED MY FIRST BURN
SO, WHAT IS BURNING MAN?
WHEN AND WHERE IS IT?
WHAT’S IT LIKE OUT THERE?
YOU GOT YOUR TICKET. NOW WHAT?
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There are a lot of rental companies that won’t rent their vehicles out to those going to Burning Man because the playa puts some serious damage on the car. Or they add a pricey cleaning fee if you do rent, especially if you’re renting in the Bay Area. Since we chose to rent down in LA, they didn’t suspect where we were headed, and we made sure to give the car a thorough cleaning before we returned it. This year, however, we’re going to plan on hitting up one of the auto detailing shops in Reno that is Burner-friendly before we return the rental, because we spent a long-ass time getting it cleaned ourselves. Lesson learned!
JOINING A CAMP
GETTING AROUND THE CITY
It’s a great way to see your neighborhood, talk and interact with people in ways a bike wouldn’t allow you to. You’re going to be doing a lot of this the entire week you’re out there, so comfortable shoes and thick socks are a must. Even though my shoes were comfortable, I still ended up with painful blisters, so this year I’m going to bring more cushion-y bandaids to save me from the pain!