November 2nd, 2018 - Day 2 - Lisbon

I guess the world being so small is not just a saying.

As I sat this morning eating delicious homemade pancakes from the hostel wondering who/when/where I would find someone to interview, as well as how these Nutella and white chocolate chip pancakes would make me feel in an hour, the first question magically fell into my lap (the second wasn’t as magical).

As I bit into a pancake still half asleep, I heard a North American accent turning the corner saying good morning to the receptionist. In enters a guy roughly my age wearing an Arc’teryx jacket. Since I was aware that this was a Canadian brand I thought maybe he was also Canadian; probably Toronto or Montreal.

“Hey man, you said you’re Canadian, where are you from?” he asked. “Oh, you know Halifax, Nova Scotia?”. “Dude. I went to school at Dalhousie and I’m from PEI, my names Josh.” For those of you who don’t know, Dalhousie is a University located a pebble throw away from my house and PEI is another province in the Maritimes (East Coast of Canada); hence the first sentence of the post.

Other than what feels like the 1,000 people who we both know; this is not the only thing we have in common. After some conversation and me explaining why I am in Lisbon, Josh explained that his passion is cryptography and blockchain.

Why on earth did a 24-year-old fellow Maritimer who is friends with my second cousins and into blockchain just walk into the same small hostel in Lisbon as me; I am still trying to wrap my head around it.

After walking 12km around the city talking about different tech trends, my journey and his, it was time to stop at the world famous ‘TimeOut Market’.

If you ever go to Lisbon and you haven't heard of or are sceptical about them, eat a pastel de nata; you can thank me later.

Pastel de Nata from the TimeOut Market