When programmer Jonathan Silverblood flew to Townsville, Australia from his Finland home for a two-and-a-half-month holiday in August, he had one main task — pay for everything he could using Bitcoin Cash (BCH).
The coastal city of Townsville is known as the “Bitcoin Cash City,” a name derived from a conference of the same name that first launched in 2019. It is understood to have a strong number of merchants that accept the Bitcoin-forked token.
Silverblood said while attending the conference in 2019, he was intrigued by the number of merchants and vendors offering BCH as a payment option in Townsville and had planned a return to the city once COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
I have now been in #Townsville, the #BitcoinCashCity for for 59 days and I have made 97 bitcoin cash transactions to pay for living. That does not include the transactions that the rest of my family have done, and the transactions when I’ve been a guest and someone else paid…
— Jonathan Silverblood (@monsterbitar) October 8, 2022
“Going to this destination was entirely about using BCH and was also kind of an excuse to spend more than I usually do, while simultaneously getting more work done by letting family and kids have a vacation with their grandma,” he told Cointelegraph after he returned home from the trip.
“Using it to pay for things while I was there just made sense, partially because I already have my income paid in BCH, and partially because it’s just so much less effort than some of the other forms of payment I use.”
Silverblood is a Bitcoin Cash enthusiast and programmer. He has been working at General Protocols for the last three years where his salary is paid in BCH.
He noted that in the 69 nights he spent in the city, he was ultimately able to conduct 130 transactions using Bitcoin Cash. These included goods and services at cafes, restaurants, and hotels, getting a tooth pulled at a dentist, a haircut, and getting a Steam Deck gaming console repaired.
“Some days were pretty busy; we would buy breakfast, lunch, ice cream, bread and dinner, but sometimes my family…..