6 Insane Living Places We Can’t Believe People Actually Live

by | Oct 1, 2017

These people take insane living places to the next level…

 

The super weird deserted capital city in Burma

What do you know about Burma? The small country sits in Southeast Asia nestled snugly between China and Thailand. Like a lot of their neighbors, it has a low GDP and small population. However, in a questionable turn of events in 2005 Burma’s government decided to build a new capital city. And not just any capital city, a giant, massive, much too big city.

Naypyidaw is on the list of our insane living places because it’s four times larger than London, and six times larger than New York. The capital boasts 20 lane roads, high-speed wifi, and modern hotels and malls. Burma insists that one million people live there, but in reality it’s a ghost town. Seriously, check it out. There are NO cars on the roads, no people in the hotels, and the malls are absolutely deserted. Why was it built and why doesn’t anyone move there? I have no idea, but I’d love to visit someday to find out. So weird!

These children growing up in prison in Bolivia

The San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia, was made famous when a British inmate began giving tours to travelers in the city. The prison drew visitors because it is so unique. Most notably, there are no cells. Instead, the prisoners here have to buy their own apartments. The prison is an entire self contained city, with restaurants, a real estate system, businesses, and even one of the most active cocaine plants in the country.

What happens when prisoners get sent to San Pedro but they are too poor to pay rent for their families on the outside and their apartment on the inside? They do the only thing they can do, and move their families in with them. What?? Grouping children in with inmates is definitely one of the most insane living places we’ve ever heard of. Kids and wives live together with their inmate fathers in the San Pedro prison, leaving during the day for school or work but returning every night to sleep in the “cells.”

 

The hottest place on earth in Ethiopia

Seriously, why do people live here? This super eerie wasteland is called the Danakil Depression, and it came about because not one, not two, but three tectonic plates combined to throw up some volcanoes and other weird unnatural stuff like boiling chemical lakes, hot springs, salt flats, and god knows what else. The depression only gets four to eight inches of rain a year and the average temperature year round here is 93 degrees F…. seriously, think about the for a minute.

Still, though, the Afar people of Ethiopia have made this inhospitable place their home. How? By walking weeks at a time to sell salt at “local” markets, and, oh yeah, by adapting over the centuries to need less food and water than other humans. You know, normal stuff.

 

 

The highest city on earth in Peru… where miners work for free

I currently live in Peru, and wondered why tourists weren’t visiting La Rinconada, let alone why I had never even heard of it. A quick google search told me why: because it’s depressing as hell. La Rinconada sits at over 15,000 ft. and has no running water or sewage. Oh, and the population of 30,000 people are all working their hands to the bone in the super dangerous mercury filled gold mines… children included.

Ok, it’s super high so what? The reason La Rinconada is on our list of insane living places is because none of the miners get paid! Yeah, the miners work for free all month long, and on the last day can carry out as much rocks as they can lift, hoping to strike it rich. The city is a dangerous outlaw town reminiscent of the wild west… if the wild west was super cold and high.

 

This futuristic city in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates is famous for Dubai, but did you also know they have a crazy futuristic city as well? Located in Abu Dhabi, Masdar City is what happens when you have a lot of money and nothing to do with it.

The goal of Masdar city is to be as eco-friendly as possible to become the first zero-carbon city, so it boasts self driving cars, solar powered everything, a wall around the city to regulate temperatures and even a giant wind tunnel in the center to cool it down.

Masdar City was supposed to have 40,000 residents and 50,000 more commuting in, but none of that happened. When the Abu Dhabi government realized they wouldn’t reach their zero-carbon goal, they pretty much abandoned it, teaching us along the way the important lesson to give up on our dreams when the going gets tough. It’s now a half finished ghost town in the desert, where a few sad college students still stick around studying sustainable industries. Weird.

 

The hidden underground town in Australia

The town of Coober Pedy is small (around 3,000 people,) remote (over 500 miles north of Adelaide,) and underground. Yep, it gets SO HOT in this tiny opal mining town that the people would rather dig holes into the ground and live without daylight than deal with the overbearing heat. These insane living places include an entire dugout town with homes, motels, and even a church.

The super strange thing about Coober Pedy is that some of the opal mining is done by individuals in their own homes. When they’re feeling inspired, they just take a hammer to the wall (or something, idk how it’s done) and see what they can find. Some have even struck it rich in the past, at least enough to keep the hopes up of the rest of the population.

 

So, there you have it. Our list of the top 6 most insane living places around the world. From prisons to peaks, we can’t believe people actually live here (but still would love to check them out some day). Some of them are definitely going on our bucket list!

2 Comments

  1. Anne Caulfield

    This article is great! We read about all these strange places but I have never grouped them together like this. Still so many mysteries with our Earth….

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    • Slight North by Dianne Minardi

      Thanks and agreed! Its crazy to see that not all of the world lives like we do

      Reply

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