bluesbob wrote:Welcome....have fun. Leave your Swiss watch at home.
Lowz wrote:Overseas virgin are the best, I can tell, I've been one.
I feel I should share my experience:
In 2010 I was unable to make it HOME. The weekend before the gates were to open I was on a flight from Amsterdam to SFO. I was surprised that there were at least a dozen people that I was able to easily identify on my flight that were surely bound for the playa. This got me thinking. As a burner from California who can drive to the playa I have it easy. I can bring a ton of stuff from home that I'll need to survive and participate in that thing in the desert, and then bring it all back to my default "home" to store it til next year.
What about those people coming from another Continent? Unless they have friends here they will need to buy nearly everything they'll need after arriving. Not much chance that a tent or bike or cooler will make it back home with them, what with the luggage restrictions on airlines these days.
So for 2011, I googled "euro burner" and found a board and mailing list (playadust) which catered to Europeans interested in Burning Man.
I posted the following message in April 2011:
We are a couple of California Burners. We would like to extend the following offer to a Euro first timer...
If you or someone you know is thinking about going to BRC for the first time and finding the logistics a little daunting, we hope the following may tip the scales in favor of going.
Pick you up from San Francisco Airport or Reno Airport
Drive you and your stuff to the Playa
Provide you with the following gear
One (Possibly two) crappy bicycle(s)
Pretty much all the basics for a first Burn.
You would still need to purchase a ticket to the event, and make your way to Northern Cal. We have a large truck that seats 4 somewhat comfortably and we look on this as a gifting opportunity. We will stop off on the way so you can stock up on water, food and such.
We are still sorting out our details (It is possible we will get with a Theme Camp with a large community Generator, so you may have 110v AC as well). Currently it is our plan to leave Santa Clara, California on Sunday Morning and stay on-playa thru Monday.
If this sounds like it would work for you, or if you have any questions, please drop us a line.
Surprisingly we got several responses from veterans saying they thought the post was cool, but no responses for a few weeks (except from a very cool sounding couple form the UK who were returning burners - but we were specifically looking for a virgin(s) since they would be facing the chalanges of Playa for the first time).
Then all at once we got three virgin responders. I intended to go with the first qualified response rather than hold a popularity contest and so we went with the first one. We began to correspond and answer questions and firm up our plans. It was quite a thrill to pull up to the meeting spot in the bay area and finally be face to face with our new friend. The long drive was made shorter as we had so much to talk about.
I cannot overstate what a treat it was to watch the entire Silicon Village camp come together to welcome and totally befriend our adoptee. He is now a returning member of our small tribe. I have read the horror stories of Sparkle Ponies and LE magnets that were adopted by others and want to make it clear that it is possible to have a PERFECT adopt a virgin experience.
Were we a little nervous? Sure. But also excited. And in the end It was all worth it. I will probably repeat the whole thing in 2013. Maybe select a different Continent this time.
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trinfinity wrote:bluesbob wrote:Welcome....have fun. Leave your Swiss watch at home.
thanks, Bluesbob, well do you think I will not need my watch?
trinfinity wrote:Lowz wrote:Overseas virgin are the best, I can tell, I've been one.
, where are you from?
Lowz wrote:We're all xeno degenerate trying to invade this american thing ..
catinthefunnyhat wrote:Lowz wrote:We're all xeno degenerate trying to invade this american thing ..
Yeah, but paradoxically, you can only get 50% closer each year than you did the year before.
CLARKcon wrote:Welcome Trinfinity to ePlaya, & rock it out in the .:d u s t:. this year --1st times are the best times (and every time if it's out in the desert Be well & enjoy!!
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