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Berlin Bitcoin Story: The excitement and difficulties (!) of my first offline use of bitcoin

I’m a new user to bitcoin, although I have an account on a trading platform and have used the currency for online payments (to pay for a job done by a contractor online). What I haven’t done is mining bitcoins. Also, I never actually paid for anything with bitcoin in ‘real life’. Until recently.
I live in Kyiv, Ukraine, and the bitcoin community here is not that big. Yes, we have an exchange which enabled buying BTC through about 4k payment terminals, and we have several merchants and services accepting the currency. It’s still really small. When I read the news and see the EU maps of spots accepting bitcoins, I’m really excited about the prospects. I was excited even more about the possibility to spend some coins in Berlin during my New Year trip.
Just before the holidays, somewhere in mid-December, I bought a fraction of bitcoin on Cex.io. It was a relatively small sum, as I used my spare money. The fee was 4.5% for a credit card; I was ok with it. So, I had my 0.23 BTC issued to my account in a blink of an eye. Previously, I didn’t even use a wallet – just transferred the funds from my Cex account to any address. That was for business purposes. This time, I registered with GreenAddress and downloaded their iOS app. As usual, I transferred funds to my wallet in mere seconds.
Then, I looked up for some places in Berlin where bitcoin is accepted. No wonder they were concentrated in Kreuzberg. I deliberately decided to not bring along much cash with me, as I thought I could get it any time through LocalBitcoins. What I needed was some more coins instead. Accidently, I bumped into one of those 4,000 payment terminals in my neighbourhood (a Hungarian OTP bank has one installed in their lobby). I tried to use this opportunity.
The payment terminal works the following way: you insert cash (UAH), and get a receipt which contains a confirmation code. You enter this code on the website (btcu.biz), and then provide a wallet address where you want the coins transferred. Pretty easy, but… I got involved in the process for an hour or more! First, my eyes couldn’t read the code properly, so I sent a photo of the receipt to their super helpful and incredibly friendly support (my best experience of communication with the support team ever). Then they asked me for my wallet address to issue the bitcoins. ...It turned out they were ‘used to’ Blockchain wallets, so my GreenAddress didn’t work out for some reason. Before I got any response, I registered with Blockchain and transferred my coins to that new account on my own, after which I did another transfer to GreenAddress.
..Well, it took me quite some time to get my bitcoins in my GA wallet via Btcu, it cost me about 9 EUR when paying about 50 EUR in UAH (2 EUR commission + I somehow received 7 EUR less in coins than I was supposed to, according to the course at the time, 29th December), and Cex.io would have been much better and faster.. But those funny support guys were amazing, as well as the opportunity to buy BTC in a 5-minute walk from my home! (I consider it an investment)
In Berlin, I didn’t have a chance to explore many bitcoin-accepting placed, so going to Kreuzberg’s Graefekiez (“Bitcoinkiez”) was a good option. On the first day, I took my friend to the Room 77 cafe which can be easily found by a giant neon Bitcoin sign outdoors. I was so excited! We had their hamburgers with fries. Each one had an immense plate, which didn’t leave any room for the cafe’s weird dessert – a fried Mars bar or something like that. Paying was simple, except for the fact that GreenAddress requires 2FA. So when you make a payment, you need to switch to an authentication app (or receive an SMS) to get a code, copy it, and paste in the GA app. My code lasted 30 seconds, so, on the third attempt, I had to wait till it changes and quickly do the copy-pasting. Lesson learned! The wonderful waitress told us that there were not that many payments with bitcoin, but the cafe was famous for accepting the currency. She herself confessed that she knew nothing about the crypto.
On the second day, we went to see the sci-fi and fantasy books in the Otherland bookstore. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I finally bought a Vonnegut book. I, again, had several problems with my payment. There was no mobile Internet connection in the store, but the shop assistant gave me the Wi-Fi password without me even asking for it. Then, after fighting the authenticator app, I made a transaction. However, it wasn’t confirmed at once. Despite the fact that I received an email from GreenAddress informing me about the transaction, there was no payment on the bookshop’s side. I tried to tell the assistant that it happens, as the people in the mighty grand Bitcoin network are working on confirmations and assigning them to blocks, which might take time. We had a smoke break and looked at some more books, but there was no payment (I had a ‘5 confirmations’ stated under my transaction). The shop assistant called his colleague to consult on the issue, and they came up with a solution – the gentleman took my email address, to send me a message in case the payment doesn’t go through, and gave me the book I bought. I followed the number of confirmations the entire evening, and it disappeared after reaching 50+. I never got an email from the bookshop.
In this entire story (however a small one), I felt weird. On the one hand, bitcoin should be easy, fast, and relatively cheap (talking about the transactions). I understand that we should balance between simplicity/speed and security, and the latter is more important here. Also, I understand that the perfection of the protocol doesn’t mean that the system is perfect as well. But my message is that I would be excited to be able to pay with bitcoin directly and am patiently waiting for broader adoption in my country, Ukraine.
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Berlin bitcoin hostel - my experiment

Hello dear bitcoiners from berlin. Today is for me the day i will see how convenient bitcoin really is. The story 2 days ago.
Im for 2days in berlin. A new very damn big city. I have enough money to sleep here for 2nights and wanted to drive home today morning. But then something bad happens. Although i was here for a few days prior, i use the wrong train and miss my bus. Alone in berlin without money. I guess thats the dream ;)
So now comes the bitcoin part. Of course nobody can send me money this fast, with wich i could pay a hostel. So i remember that a good friend of mine had some btc left. I call him, he sends me 0.08 btc and i go on the adventure to sleep in berlin and pay with bitcoin.
Im aware that i could exchange it and pay a normal room, but if live givey you lemones, you should make lemonade out of it and so i will find out today, what is possible with bitcoin.
I count on you bitcoiners from berlin. Let us prove, that bitcoin does work.
Regards, marvin, sitting a few meters away from room 77
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Bitbank World Tour Germany station - the first state to recognize the legal currency status of bitcoin

Bitbank World Tour Germany station - the first state to recognize the legal currency status of bitcoin
Bitcoin growth and development is at its most efficient and productive in the land of Beer, Sausages and cars. In this installment of Bitbanks bitcoin around the world series we visit Germany to learn about the bitcoin community and how people are using bitcoin here. Bitcoin developers from around the world call Germany home especially in Berlin where there are work spaces full of bitcoin and blockchain start ups working to use this amazing technology to change the world. There is a very supportive environment for entrepenours to work and network in the city of Berlin where you can feel the progress being made with bitcoin technology.
Bitbank was fortunate to be able to attend the latest release from Storj while in Berlin to learn about the exciting services they will be offering for storing data in a decentralized and secure manner. We encourage everyone to learn more about them and how you can also participate by sharing your unused data and get rewarded for it.
We then met one of the most established Bitcoin companies in Germany, Vaultoro. Vaultoro allows you to trade gold for your bitcoin and even to use your bitcoin miners to mine Gold! We had the pleasure to meet with Joshua the CEO of Vaultoro and he was kind enough to give us a tour of the bitcoin hotspots in Berlin!
We continued our visit to “Transistor” one of the major work spaces in Germany that supports young startups to reach their goals. There we met The CTO of Bitwala Ben, Bitwala helps people around the world transfer funds to Europe from around the world with Bitcoin. We also met Dylan the CEO of all4btc where you can purchase products from around the world with bitcoin and get it delivered to you.
It was very nice to hear from these gentlemen how they are seeing the development of Bitcoin growing in Germany.
Bitbank was also thrilled to have the opportunity to present at one of the worlds most active bitcoin meetups, the “Berlin Bitcoin Meetup”. There we met with Brian the organizer of the meetups and the host of Epicenter a weekly show that interviews people in the bitcoin and blockchain industry. The community was very welcoming and interested about Bitcoin in China and about how we could increase communication with the communities.
We finished up our visit by going to the first physical location in the world to accept bitcoin “Room 77”. If you are in Germany this is the place to go to meet the community, discuss the latest news of whats happening locally with bitcoin and enjoy a nice drink and tasty food!
Conclusion:
Bitbank was amazed at the amount of entrepenurial spirit in Germany when it comes to Bitcoin. Bitcoin is being used as a tool to build products and services that make a difference and empower people to use the benefits of bitcoin and the blockchain. Bitbank also very much appreciates the sense of comradery that is strong in the community here and wish to thank everyone for the amazing welcome we experienced. We look forward to seeing the German bitcoin community contribute to the worldwide development of Bitcoin with the drive and determination that has made this country a powerhouse in the world! Danke Germany till next time!
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As Room 77 regular Anonymous Candle put it, “When one Room closes, another opens” and that is very true, as Room 77 inspired a lot of new locations that accept bitcoin in Berlin, including: Bitcoin Berlin Dining; Farm-to-table restaurant Friedel Richter (Lightning enabled) Craft ice cream parlor Chipichipi Bombon (Lightning enabled)) Im Berliner Room77 treffen verängstigte Spekulanten auf gelassene Blockchain-Idealisten. Wer wurde mit Bitcoin reich? Bei Bier und Burger bleibt das im Verborgenen. Located in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Room 77 began accepting bitcoin as a means of payment in 2011, becoming the first bar, and most likely the first private retail outlet, in the world to do so. Since then, the drinking spot has developed into something of a pilgrimage site for bitcoiners, who patronize the place for its BTC payments and more. [ October 22, 2020 ] Forget Ethereum, DeFi Is Being Built on Bitcoin Altcoin [ October 22, 2020 ] Bitcoin Bar ‘Room 77’ Shuts Down Bitcoin [ October 22, 2020 ] Wrapped Zcash is Coming to Ethereum’s DeFi Ecosystem Ethereum Wrapped Zcash is Room 77 originally opened as a side project, until Bitcoin came and made it an icon. Now, the first bar to ever accept bitcoin is closing.

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