Avoiding Rent for 22 Years, Meet the Sandcastle King of Brazil

No Bills

Matolias appears content with his choice of living. ‘I grew up in the Bay of Guanabara, I always lived on the beach’, Matolias told the UK’s The Mirror. ‘People pay exorbitant rents to live in front of the sea, I do not have bills and here I have a good life.’

Tropical Troubles

To maintain the sandcastle’s walls and turrets, Matolias needs to regularly water the sides of his castle to prevent the fine sand from crumbling in the city’s year-round tropical climate. He needs to have patience too—a single tropical storm can destroy the entire sandcastle in a matter of minutes, forcing him to rebuild the structure from scratch.

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