In late August 2017, R.R. Hauxley, an architect from Portland, Ore., purchased one bitcoin for just north of $4,700. On September 1, he began a year-long journey that would take him to 20 nations total—from China to Ethiopia to Denmark—on that single bitcoin. Now he’s working on a documentary film, or perhaps even a series, about his travels, which coincided with bitcoin’s dizzying late-2017/early-2018 bull run (and subsequent bust). He’s also got a book about his adventures, entitled Stolen Wallets and Where to Buy Them, coming out this summer. (It’s available for preorder here.)
We recently spoke to Hauxley, 31, about everything from his encounters with Vitalik Buterin and John McAfee to his (off-camera) visit to a bitcoin-friendly strip club in Bangkok.