Meet Marcio Mizael Matolias of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What seems like a humble resident of Brazil, is actually a king of a castle… a sand castle to be exact.

Yes, you read that correctly. Known as ‘King Marcio’ by locals, the 44 year-old has carved his own sand castle enclosing a small three by three room, supported by wooden beams, in which he has lived for 22 years.

Despite free rent and bills, the castle does require constant upkeep. Each day he adds detail to his castle and keeps it wet to prevent the structure from collapsing and burying him alive. When the elements become tough, Marcio has friends with whom he temporarily resides, “the sand holds all the heat, so sometimes at night I cannot sleep here, I’ll spend the night at a friend’s house, but I prefer it here even if I have to lie outside by the sea.”

The message behind his motive however is inspiring. “I like this ephemeral side of things… so I don’t become obsessed like others who say, ‘this is mine, mine’.” And considering the cost of living, we’d almost be tempted to try it – almost.

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