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Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been is a difficult task. It is like explaining to a friend the flavor of the cheesecakes that your grandmother cook, like trying to define the smell of the sea to a desert nomad. Despite the difficulty of describing the indescribable, ineffable, I will try to offer a personal account of my Burning Man experience.

The Burning Man carries the stigma of being just a crazy party in the desert. But is much more than that. It is an explosion of art, creativity and community. It is a landscape flooded with surreal art installations, interactive music, elaborate costumes and tons of creativity. It is a huge circus in which each person is part of the troupe.

It is a transient city built once a year in the middle of the Black Rock Desert, and inhabited by more than 40,000 people. It is an experimental community based in exchange economy, self-sufficiency, participation and radical self-expression. It is a challenging space of freedom,which seeks to break participants cognitive schemata, and the preconceived ideas they have about the outside world, the reality and themselves.