For most couples, among the significant factors of their union are a stable job and a nice house. But for Miguel Restrepo and his wife Maria Garcia, they couldn’t be any happier with their unusual home.
Miguel and Maria were both drug addicts. They met on the streets of Medellin, Colombia, where violence and narcotics trafficking were prevalent. They were both on the brink of giving up drugs, and together they found strength and managed to quit. Both without a family who could take them in, they put up their own home…in an abandoned sewer.
You might think that years later they might think about living such an unusual domicile. But no, because after almost three decades they are still living in the sewer. They even mentioned that they never even considered leaving the place. The location is far from the hubbub of the metro and their space has everything they need: electricity, lights, heat, and a little kitchen. They have their own TV, too, and a dog to keep them company.
Just like any household, they also decorate their home during the Yuletide season. The photo below shows Miguel putting up a Christmas tree while Maria is watching him. Their pet dog, Blackie, is in the picture as well.
Medellin is the second-largest city in Colombia. It was once deemed as the most dangerous place in the world as drug trafficking and gang violence were predominant in the place during the 90s.
Clashes between gangs and the police still occur in the area, according to ColombiaReports.com. With poverty still existent, Miguel and Maria opt to stay in their shelter. However, the city has been trying to flip its image around, using new buildings and public squares to enhance civic pride, The New York Times reported in 2012.
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