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Come On Down! Colombian Couple Turns Abandoned Sewer Into Home For The Past 22 Years

Miguel Restrepo and wife Maria Garcia have fixed up their Medellin digs with a bed, kitchen, chair and even electricity.



Miguel Restrepo, 62, looks up from his sewer home on Tuesday in Medellin, Colombia. A manhole cover is his roof.


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A Colombian couple has taken living arrangements to a new low by using an abandoned sewer in the city of Medellin as their digs for the past 22 years.

But Miguel Restrepo, 62, and wife Maria Garcia, appear content, fixing up their modest dwelling with a little kitchen, a bed, chair and even electricity so they can watch TV.


The tunnel they live in measures a meager 64-1/2 square feet, according to Reuters.

A circular opening serves as a skylight on sunny days. When it’s hot, the couple turns on a fan.

Restrepo, a former drug addict, and Garcia also share the home with a dog named Blackie.


Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia, has been plagued by drug trafficking and gang violence — once giving it the reputation as the most dangerous place in the world in large part to cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. Gun battles between gangs and the police still occur, and innocent people are regularly in the crosshairs, according to ColombiaReports.com.

Poverty also persists, leaving some, such as Restrepo and Garcia, to seek shelter underground.

But the city has been trying to turn its image around, and has been using new buildings and public squares to enhance civic pride, The New York Times reported earlier this year.







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Re: Come On Down! Colombian Couple Turns Abandoned Sewer Into Home For The Past 22 Ye

You don't really need much to get by.

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Re: Come On Down! Colombian Couple Turns Abandoned Sewer Into Home For The Past 22 Ye

I wouldn't trust that jug of 'apple juice'.

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Re: Come On Down! Colombian Couple Turns Abandoned Sewer Into Home For The Past 22 Ye

Their own little palace

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What a couple of Geniuses! Just imagine how much $$$ they've saved in rent and electricity over the last 22 years!

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Re: Come On Down! Colombian Couple Turns Abandoned Sewer Into Home For The Past 22 Ye

Wow. Literally living in a shit hole.

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Re: Come On Down! Colombian Couple Turns Abandoned Sewer Into Home For The Past 22 Ye

I seen a documentary of this and will post it below. I hear its very dangerous living in one of these, the army or people tired of seeing bums will pour gasoline down the sewers and set them a light.

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Re: Come On Down! Colombian Couple Turns Abandoned Sewer Into Home For The Past 22 Ye

even a tv lol

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Re: Come On Down! Colombian Couple Turns Abandoned Sewer Into Home For The Past 22 Ye

yea.. they do look like sewer dwellers..

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Re: Come On Down! Colombian Couple Turns Abandoned Sewer Into Home For The Past 22 Ye

And decorated for Christmas! Looks like they got a card, too

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