The Sand King
A 44-year-old Brazilian man has lived in a sand castle, on the beach of an upmarket neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, for 22 years. Marcio Matolias, nicknamed “King Marcio” by his friends, has never had to pay rent thanks to his unusual accommodation. His castle features a 3x3m bedroom and is held up by a makeshift wooden frame. Marcio Matolias makes money from tourist and passer-by donations, and runs a second-hand bookshop from his castle. “People pay exorbitant rents to live in front of the sea, I do not have bills and here I have a good life,” he said. upmarket huppé / neighbourhood quartier / to nickname surnommer / rent loyer / accommodation logement / to feature comprendre (fig.) / to hold, held, held up maintenir (à la verticale) / makeshift de fortune, improvisé / wooden en bois / frame cadre, structure / passer-by passant / to run, ran, run gérer, tenir (fig.) / second-hand d’occasion / bill facture.