• Julia is a German who moved to Portugal in her late teens and has lived there ever since.
• She runs a homestead that feeds her family and has grown the local Bitcoin meetup in her community.
• Julia talks about the similarities between Bitcoin and homesteading, and the high upfront investment, low time preference, and work it takes to operate both.
Julia is a German who moved to Southern Portugal in her late teens and has been there ever since. She runs a homestead that not only sustains her family, but also provides produce for her local community. Julia is also an active member of the local Bitcoin meetup, helping to foster a supportive and knowledgeable environment for those interested in learning more about the technology.
When I spoke to Julia about her experiences, I found many parallels between how she talks about Bitcoin and homesteading. Both require a high upfront investment and very low time preference. This means that the work and effort needed to understand and operate Bitcoin or a farm takes time and dedication. Julia has seen the hard work pay off though, as she is now able to provide her community with fresh produce and a space to learn about Bitcoin.
Julia’s journey to Portugal was not one she had planned for, but it has become a part of her life. She initially came to Portugal for a three-month work opportunity, but when a full-time job was offered to her, she chose to stay. She was eventually joined by her parents and brothers, and has now been living in Portugal for over 15 years.
The Bitcoin meetup has been a great success, with more and more people joining every week. Julia has seen the meetup grow from a small gathering of a few people in a café to a more structured environment with different talks and discussions. This has been an incredible journey and one that has allowed Julia to build relationships and share knowledge with her local community.
The similarities between Bitcoin and homesteading are undeniable. Both require a lot of time and effort to understand and operate, as well as a strong commitment to the work. Julia has seen the hard work pay off though, as she is now able to provide her community with fresh produce and a space to learn about Bitcoin. Her story is one of dedication and resilience, and I’m sure that her journey will continue to be an inspiration to many.