I traveled the world on 1 BTC — and finally finished writing the book!

afternoon all,

6 months ago I wrote a post: "Finished Traveling the World … on 1 Bitcoin."

Well, the comments and questions motivated me to write a book about the journey.

I tried to get it up by today — in honor of World Book Day.

The title is a bit cheeky:

Stolen Wallets: And Where to Buy Them.

I've always been a fan of Harry Potter, right. The titles J.K. Rowling would give. Especially "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." That's the title's inspiration — though the content is much less P.G. haha.

I experienced far too many R-rated scenarios for "Stolen Wallets" to be anything but HBO material.

If you enjoy Breaking Bad, it's like that — with a bit of Terry Pratchett's humor mixed in.

Here's the back cover blurb:

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What's in your wallet? You okay with a stranger poking through it? I'm not. Never in a million. My wallet is my private little hell. Receipts for things I can't afford and a picture of an ex I still miss. But there I was, standing in a grubby back alley in Bangkok. Wallets scattered on a table in front of me. Crocodile skin Gucci, scuffed generic brown leather, even a DIY duct-tape wallet. Each and every one of them hot. The product of sneaky little fingers. The karma of drunk tourists distracted by scorpions on sticks. Curiosity killed my ethics. I picked one up. It was full. Not with money, of course, but with …

These are the stories of my travels.
20 countries, 12 months, 1 Bitcoin.
From China to Europe. From late 2017 to late 2018. A historic year. The year of The Crypto Bubble. The big ride up.

At the start of the year I was just another desk jockey. Putting in my 9-to-5. Binge-watching Netflix alone. Then I bought that bitcoin for $ 4,700. Little did I know it would soon skyrocket to $ 20,000. Little did I know it was my golden ticket. My red carpet to a world of fast money, greed, hype, hope and corruption. Suddenly I was cruising with the crypto rich. Counting stacks of counterfeit money. Buying stolen wallets…

Until the bubble popped — and the world of the newly rich began burning down around me.

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That's back cover. I've ran it by a few people. One said it was too edgy. Another said it was too much. A third didn't say anything because he's too busy.

If you have suggestions, lay em down.

The book is an unvarnished, uncensored log of my travels. It's intense and raw. I don't sugarcoat the scams and shilling I saw. But at the same time — the crypto communities I met around the world — they changed my perspective and opened my mind so much that, well, all I can say is bitcoin and blockchain are freedom, truth, and our future. It's just a fact.

I'll try my damnedest to get on Youtube once a week and read a bit from the book. I'll ready up until 80% of it, I think. After that I'll stop so I don't spoil the end for the readers.

Here's my previous reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/9j2pq7/finished_traveling_around_the_world_on_1_bitcoin/

Here's the Amazon link to pre-order for anyone interested:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QKP1FPS

Youtube trailer for the book (audio's not that great, I apologize):

https://youtu.be/51CWi2cl3TE

Also, since I'm trying to become a writer and all that jazz, I'm trying a promotion tactic. You ever hear about Marguerite deCourcelle? The lady who painted a BTC prize into one of her paintings? There's also Pascal Boyart who hid a BTC prize in his mural of a modern French Revolution.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-28/your-bitcoins-are-waiting-in-the-painting-if-you-can-find-them

https://breakermag.com/street-artist-who-hid-0-26-btc-in-his-mural-just-got-a-major-bitcoin-tip/

Well, I'd like to continue their tradition. It's a fun one. Hide a BTC prize and challenge people of intellect. To that effect I've loaded up a wallet with a bit of BTC. It's a standard wallet. The seed phrase is composed of 12 random words. I've hidden the 12 random words in my book. But since hiding them in a whole book would make finding them impossible — I'll give out clues. 12 months, 12 clues.

And since I didn't have enough money to put a whole bitcoin in the wallet as a prize (I just put in 0.1 BTC) — I'll instead dedicate 30% of my monthly sales to the wallet until it's swept. Who knows, with BTC's fresh bull run — I hope whoever wins will have enough BTC to go travel around the world on it — just like I did.

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We just finished the weekly candle in the green and completed the 200d moving average golden cross into positive for the first time since March 25th 2018. The monthly is 9 days away from being green 3 months in a row for the first time since December 2017. #gotbtc ?

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Finished traveling around the world … on 1 Bitcoin

Hello BTC Redditors,

Just wanted to share a little announcement rather dear to me.

August of last year I left Portland, Oregon with a mission: see what BTC communities are like around the world…and make it happen with just 1 Bitcoin.

Finally made it ๐Ÿ™‚

18 countries.

12 months.

1 BTC.

Bought it for $ 4,724 hard earned dollars. A month later in September I felt like a chump who bought a new car off the dealer's lot — because BTC kept loosing value and sunk to $ 3,350. But I kept riding that rollercoaster.

In December the price hit $ 19k. Just a few days before Christmas too. I felt tempted to cash it all out right then and there, let me tell ya. But a few OG's I met in Hong Kong told me to keep saddled on that bucking Bronco — feel the adrenaline of the ups and the heartbreak of the downs. So I stuck it through. Man, what a ride.

I put a little video together. Not super good at the editing, sorry. But here it is anyway:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjacVPEaCW8

A few highlights:

+ Met Vitalik Buterin in Shenzhen, China. Wow. Closest I've ever come to meeting an extraterrestrial. I don't mean that in a bad way, either. The guy towered above me (I'm not that tall); he was lanky and gaunt; I could see him thinking about 12 different things while talking to me — each of them far more important than the small-talk-chitchat he was having with me.

+ Met John McAfee in Singapore. What a character! Listen to this: I ask him what he thinks about the environmental impact of BTC mining (the hot topic at the time). He tells me "I'll keep MGT mining BTC until the last polar bear drowns."

+ Volunteered at a diving school in Palawan, Philippians. It was a workaway type of place. The guy running it, Thad, was doing great things — teaching local kids how to become dive masters so they could earn a good living diving with tourists. Great dude. A little paranoid when talking about him and crypto, but wow, in it from the early days.

+ Myanmar (Burma). Holy damn. What a country. Incredible ancient ruins. Delicious food. And the friendliest people going through some of the toughest governmental financial bullshit. Corruption, wild inflation, demonetization. And people there would love to use BTC more often to free themselves financially (being part of the unbanked, after all) but they have some of the most fundamental difficulties: (1) shitty cellphone coverage and (2) rampant power outages.

+ Colmar, France. I met one of my hero's …. Anthony Bourdain. Talked to him about food, travel, Bitcoin. A week later. One week after shaking my hand….he took his life. I keep wishing I would have said something. The right thing. Maybe I could have made a difference.

+ Amsterdam. Used a bit of my almost-running-out-BTC to taste true wormwood Absinthe. I saw visions of Bitcoin absolutely crushing governmental fiat and putting Jamie Dimon and Charlie Munger on the streets! Haha no, I wish.

+ Finally made it! 1 BTC! Tonder, Denmark. Just across the border from Germany. I thought I'd make it to Copenhagen. I didn't — but that's okay. It was a wild ride that opened my eyes in all sorts of ways. Sure I spent months and months sleeping on Couchsurfer's cots, eating the cheapest grocery store mark-down foods, and generally wishing I had cashed out in December — but I would do it all over again, without cashing out either. Because being on such a strict budget forced me to meet people.

Often times we feel tempted to use money to avoid pains. If I traveled on a big budget I could have stayed in hotels. Instead I couchsurfed, met amazing hosts, and told them all about BTC — which sharpened my own knowledge. If I was on a bigger budget I could have stuck around certain cities and gone to BTC meetup's only on their set dates. But being on a budget I had to reach out to meetup hosts and hope they'd make time to meet me, trade BTC for fiat, and perhaps even introduce me to their crypto friends — and they did, every time, because the crypto community is awesome. Around the world I met absolute badass crypto OG's, movers-and-shakers, and newbies too. Learned something from everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

I suppose my mission resulted in a resounding answer: crypto will set us free.

So cheers to a few specific cool cats out there as well as the community at large: Thank you.

+R

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Finally! Coinbase: “Our engineering team has finished testing of SegWit for Bitcoin on Coinbase. We will be starting a phased launch to customers over the next few days and are targeting a 100% launch to all customers by mid next week”.

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Q: When will the Lightning Network be rolled out? A: The rollout has already begun. This is an iterative distributed learning process; it’s unlikely there’ll be a single point in time at which we say LN is “deployed” because it will grow organically. Software is never finished.

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Hi everyone, I recently finished teaching a course on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency at my local community college and I wanted to share some of my lecture slides, so here is: Bitcoin vs bitcoin. Information on the network that is known with as Bitcoin as well as the token of currency known as bitcoin.

See the information slides here.

As mentioned in a previous post these slides are meant to be the bulk of the information, so that students taking the course will not have to take many notes.
That said, I don't read from the slides at all, I instead just talk about the subject while trying to engage the audience.

I want them to know where to look if they want to learn more, I feel it is valuable to know what you don't know.
The extreme range of student knowledge makes it so that most things only get a slight introduction in the course, but the point is to address everything.
Due to the complex nature of Bitcoin and the range of related knowledge there simply isn't time to fill the slides with pretty pictures and still address all the information in the time we had for the course.

The course has finished and seemed to go well, I hope others of you can use this information to create your own classes in your own towns and cities.

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