Land of the free, home of the brave!
As you know (we South Africans know a little more
about America than they generally know about us!!)
the States is a rather large country. Too big to do
in one visit, so the question would be where to
The cheapest way to get there is from Johannesburg
to New York. From there, there is a wonderful train
trip for three days which will take one along the
Canadian border and deliver you to California.
Then next to California is the Nevada state and
there is a really strange festival – Burning Man
Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the
Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United
States. The event starts on the Monday before, and
ends on the day of, the American Labor Day holiday.
It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large
wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is
described by many participants as an experiment in
community, radical self-expression, and radical
Because of the variety of goals fostered by
participatory attendees, known as "Burners," Burning
Man does not have a single focus. Features of the
event are subject to the participants and include
community, artwork,absurdity, decommodification and
revelry. Participation is encouraged.
The Burning Man event is governed by 10 principles,
which are radical inclusion, gifting,
decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical
self-expression, communal effort, civic
responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, and
To read more about these principles or about burning