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First Ever Freedom Pageant Held In Bitcoin Jungle Exhibits Backside Up Adoption of Lightning

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Over 2 hundred bitcoiners descended on Uvita from January 18th – twentieth which is a well-liked seaside spot in Costa Rica. The Bitcoin Freedom Pageant was billed as a religious gathering for many who rejoice freedom cash, nature and sovereignty. What many bitcoiners are nonetheless discovering about this lovely place alongside the southern Pacific coast is that Uvita and Dominical, {the city 18 km north} are the area often called Bitcoin Jungle.

One Of A Variety Bitcoin Pageant

The Bitcoin Freedom Pageant was held at The Awake Middle in Uvita. Once you arrive on the appropriately named Awake Middle for the competition you rapidly understand that is NOT going to be like some other convention you’ve skilled. [Note: It reminded me of attending my first Slow Money Gathering in Boulder, Colorado in 2013 where they closed the conference using a Quaker style practice of silent meditation. Quakers gather in the silence and wait expectantly to come into the presence of the Divine and to be guided by the still, small voice by which God speaks to us from within. During the silence, anyone may feel moved to offer a simple spoken message (vocal ministry) that is inspired by this holy encounter.]

There have been three exterior coated pavilions the place the audio system have been featured with probably the most putting one being a spherical construction [the Shala] which on Sundays serves as a spot for ecstatic dance. The Shala is extra paying homage to a buddhist temple than a convention web site. The center of the grounds was the cafeteria [The Cora] which nourished its guests and the place a small signal on the entrance in very small lettering that solely these totally current would discover was the signal “Be, Don’t Grow to be.” The top chef was gracious and really happy with her function in feeding individuals all natural and vegan meals. For many who contemplate prime quality meals to be drugs she appeared to take delight once I stated “You and your group are the competition’s main well being care employees on premises.” If this have been something in addition to a gathering of bitcoiners that may have been the one meals supplied BUT alas there was additionally beneficiant parts of beef being served by an out of doors vendor in one other a part of the property for the carnivores. This competition additionally had a spot on the AWAKE grounds however NOT INSIDE FESTIVAL BOUNDARIES the place retailers and distributors who settle for bitcoin may have a sales space and promote to competition attendees and the general public at giant.

To provide you some concept how distinctive this occasion was, contemplate this: When was the final time you attended a Bitcoin gathering the place footwear got here off within the assembly locations such because the Cora and the Shala AND the place most of the occasion organizers have been barefoot all three days? Oh, with a river bordering the property? In case your aim is to get in contact with and be a part of nature this was simple to do. In case your aim was an air conditioned company occasion this was decidedly NOT for you.

An Incomparable Nation Meets Incomparable Cash

It’s useful to grasp a few of Costa Rica’s cultural historical past as properly in understanding the occasion. For instance, Costa Rica was method forward of its time in 2002 by embedding “pax natura” into their structure. Pax natura means peace with nature. I’m not conscious of one other nation with better look after and love of nature, a tradition that avoids waste, a tradition that produces most of what it wants domestically [including power] and has no standing military. Costa Rica has at all times remained a impartial nation and by no means engaged in preventing between nations or tribes in Central America which makes it uncommon. And naturally the greeting “Pura Vida” is the proper expression that you’ll hear typically once you go to. The phrase itself has many shades of which means.

What prompted the fantastic individuals behind Bitcoin Jungle to sponsor this competition? They needed to show to the local people [Uvita and Dominical] that many bitcoiners can be drawn to the realm. By the final day of the competition one of many organizers saved listening to suggestions from the native shopkeepers saying “you have been proper.” We met with one of many retailers on the native Bahia Farmers Market the Wednesday following the convention and she or he stated her enterprise was up 80% due to the convention. She had performed so properly since signing up for bitcoin 2 years in the past that the service provider within the subsequent sales space began asking her how she will be able to settle for bitcoin. [Wallet tips: In addition to being able to use the Bitcoin Jungle App, the Phoenix wallet worked as did Wallet of Satoshi and Strike. The Muun wallet will work but in the high fee environment you might only use it for purchases of $100 or more. I used my Muun wallet to pay for our lodging and there were a surprising number of places that accepted bitcoin. Nearly every place we went during a two week trip accepted bitcoin using the Bitcoin Jungle App. The beauty of the Bitcoin Jungle App is it lets the user hold bitcoin and use the Costa Rican payment system Sinpe which is widely used in Costa Rica.

Connect With Self So You Can Connect With Others

It’s difficult to capture in words the serenity of the venue. Even so, the true heart of the venue is the river which defines the southern boundary of the property. Since the conference was held during the dry season the river had lots of exposed rock that for those who are ambitious can rock hop to the ocean several kilometers away. Many conversations were held and friendships formed by festival goers cooling off in the river because all venues were outdoors and covered but not air conditioned. Since January is the dry season in Costa Rica it is hot and the river is the place to cool off and connect. The Awake owner indicated he has plans for a cold plunge but it had not been set up in time for the festival.

If you live or work in a place with winter or just drab cloudy cold weather this entire region will warm your body and soul from the inside out. You will literally feel the stress melt away if you allow yourself to slow down. In this age of too many screens, too many distractions, too much insanity this place and the festival is just what the doctor ordered. There were meditation sessions and breath work and many mindfulness programs that focus on connection with self which, in this author’s opinion, is the most important connection. FULL STOP. If we don’t enjoy a strong connection to Self, there is little chance we will enjoy our connection to others.

Many bitcoiners have made a pilgrimage to El Salvador since bitcoin was made legal tender there in September 2021. Give yourself a huge gift and check out its Central American neighbor. You will find Bitcoin Jungle to be a deeply spiritual region that resides in a country and a people who are intimately in touch with nature. Due to the hard work of the Bitcoin Jungle Team, many area merchants have embraced the bottom up adoption of Lightning. It seems only fitting that such a deeply spiritual place would also adopt a deeply spiritual form of money. Pura Vida. 

This is a guest post by Mark Maraia. Opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.

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