article A few days ago, I got a call from a friend in London, asking if I would like to buy a small sum of Bitcoin.
We discussed what I thought was a strange trend of Bitcoin traders going out and buying cryptocurrency from people in China.
When we met, she was only 27, and I was 27.
I was already a bit nervous about how much Bitcoin I would get, and after all, it was an international currency, not a local one.
However, after a couple of days of listening to her story, I decided to give it a shot.
It wasn’t the best idea.
I didn’t know how to buy Bitcoin and didn’t have a good understanding of the cryptocurrency market.
As it turned out, there was no way to buy it online and that meant that I’d need to wait for a couple weeks to find out what I could get.
After several hours of waiting, I finally got the call I’d been dreading, from a mysterious stranger who said, “Can you come here and look at our site?”
He asked me to give him my credit card number and to leave my address and phone number in case he needed it later.
I told him that I was from New Zealand, and that I lived in London.
He told me that he was in China, and he wanted to buy some Bitcoin.
I gave him the address and card number.
The stranger told me to get a taxi to Hong Kong, and then I was on my way.
So what happened next?
I ended up going to Hongkong airport.
Upon arrival, I went through the normal security screening process.
Once I was in the baggage claim, the security officer asked me if I was a British citizen and asked me how much I had.
“No, I’m a foreigner,” I replied.
Then, the officer asked if I wanted to show my passport to the security agent.
Now, I had been in Hong Kong for more than three years and I wasn’t familiar with Chinese customs.
But the security officers were still a little wary.
They asked me again if I had any Bitcoin.
I replied that I didn: “I’m from New York, and my passport has a stamp on it from New Jersey, so I have a British passport.”
“Well then, you’re a British national,” the officer said, and took my passport.
This was my first ever experience of getting a customs officer to question me about my nationality.
After some questioning, they asked me about what my intention was with buying Bitcoin.
“My aim is to buy one Bitcoin for a friend or colleague who is interested in investing in Bitcoin,” I told them.
The security officer said he’d check my details to see if there was a record of a transaction in my name.
So I showed my passport and I gave the security guard my email address and bank details.
And so I was escorted into a room.
Within minutes, I was ushered to the waiting room.
There, I received my Bitcoin.
The security officer told me, “You don’t need to show your passport to anyone.”
I thought that was strange.
I’d never even had a passport before.
At this point, I thought maybe I was just a bit drunk and didn, in fact, have a passport.
My passport was stamped with a picture of a dog.
But I was not drunk, so no one was questioning me about it.
A couple of hours later, the airport security officer was called back and asked what had happened.
She asked me what I wanted, and when I told her that I had bought a Bitcoin, he asked if he could take it to my friend.
My friend was a man in his late 30s, with a beard.
Why was I going to sell my Bitcoin to my mate?
Well, I didn, and it was the first time I’d sold anything online in my life.
Before I knew it, I’d spent a few hours chatting with my friend on the internet.
Our conversation went something like this: “Hi, I am a 21 year old, Australian citizen living in Hongkongs Hong Kong.
We are trying to buy bitcoin, we have an exchange account in China and want to trade bitcoin with each other, and you are a foreigner living in the UK who is willing to pay in Bitcoins for us.
You will be buying Bitcoin with me.
I am in China to buy bitcoins for my friend, and the currency exchange will be at your home.”
I thought, Oh, this is a weird story, and so I didn- The security agent explained to me that the transaction was legal.
That is, the exchange would be legal, because the exchange was