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Embracing A Little Bit of Crazy: Korea Burn 2013

Posted on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 03:44 PM

Although I am originally from Las Vegas, NV, where just outside the casino boundaries Burning Man is hosted, I've never actually entertained the thought of camping in the middle of nowhere. So, when a friend first proposed the idea of Korea Burn to me - "You bring all your own supplies like food and water into the woods and you share with everyone for a weekend!" - I was skeptical, and very concerned about how many water bottles I needed to bring/carry. But, after viewing some videos from last year's burn, I warmed up to the idea of contributing to a community camping experience. Little did I know, there was a lot more going on than just camping.

#koreaburn #korea #campingEveryone setting up their tents and getting ready for the Burn!

Staying true to Korea Burn's 15 Principles, especially those of Communal Effort and Gifting, I am displaying my friend Rachel's photos of this group experience to make a more collaborative blog post. Check out her blog and Korean experiences here

#koreaburn #korea #campingJumping photo in front of the Burning Man!

We had a few hiccups upon our arrival to the Burn because of the torrential rain we were not quite prepared for (I did not know tents required rain tarps...). But, after waiting it out in a more waterproof snack tent, the morning promised a better Burn day, everything was dry, and we were ready to explore! 

#koreaburn #drawing #korea #campingA communal drawing tablet.

As we entered the Burning Man campsite we were greeted by a group of people checking tickets and, more importantly, offering hugs and welcoming us "home." The hug/comfort was much appreciated after the storm, and first time burners were given the opportunity to make their own music by banging a gong! It was a perfect welcome

#koreaburn #korea #campingFlags decorating the burlesque theme camp, you were asked to write one thing you love about your body on a flag and then to hang it up for all to see.

After setting up our tents on dry ground there was a lot to explore; a beautiful beach, many individual Burner tents, and, most importantly, theme camps! Theme camps are bigger tents providing Burners with shows, food, and many other creative ideas. There was a burlesque tent, a bacon stand, dill pickle soju shots, a pizza and dare tent, and many more.

#koreaburn #korea #campingAnother theme camp game, shot roulette!

The weekend was full of fun, and I met a ton of new people, all of them radically inclusive and willing to share stories or food. I didn't really have to worry about water, everyone wanted to share their bounty. Plus, the costumes were amazing! There was a troop of Where the Wild Things Are monsters and many fairies and tutu wearing princesses. People were creative, and open, and at night the beach showed us some bio-luminescent creatures. Overall, it was a fantastic experience

#koreaburn #beach #korea #campingLast shot of the beautiful beach.

To participate in Korea Burn 2014 keep checking the Korea Burn website for updates! I'm sure it only gets better.

Teach in South Korea!

After graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Ariel Rosen looked back on the semester she spent traveling around Europe and decided she must explore Asia. Her teaching job with ChungDahm April in Busan allows her to experience South Korea firsthand and with the bright enthusiasm of all the children she teaches. She is overjoyed to share a class with them and finds herself learning more from them and the beach city around her everyday. 

Read Ariel’s blog here: http://arieldrosen.wordpress.com/

Tags: things to do on weekend, Trips in Korea, camping, Activities to do in Korea, Korea Burn, Beaches in Korea

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