Swimming To Work In Munich

I found this astonishing story in the wondrous world wide web. This man is not a typical German Fitness-Freak; he only wants to get to the office as quickly as possible! 😀

I imagine what it’s like when more and more people do that. Will there be a traffic jam in the water one day?

Swimming with the current in a big river is quite funny. We were able to do very often in the Lech River this past Summer, because the water was outstandingly warm this year. But how did the man get back? Did he really swim against the current every night? For us, that was almost impossible! We felt like we were in some kind of hamster wheel: we swam and swam and swam, but we didn’t make any progress at all! That was our funny daily challenge. We often laughed about our wasted effort, and we were never able to swim further. So we needed to give up and to walk our way back every day.

If you are a little bit interested in the German language: the floating man speaks German – but not the typical Bavarian dialect – and the video is subtitled in English.

Most people commute by bus, train or car – but Benjamin David gets to work by plunging into Munich’s Isar River. Benjamin David was fed up with the stress of commuting on busy city roads. So he now packs his laptop, suit and shoes into a waterproof bag, straps it to his back and swims 2km to work along the Isar River in Munich, Germany. Depending on the season, he wears swimming trunks or a long wetsuit – as well as rubber sandals to protect his feet from glass or the occasional bicycle laying in the river. His commute sometimes invites laughs from bystanders on the bridges above, but he says it’s faster and more relaxing than sitting in traffic.

Source: BBC Capital

Featured Image: Landsberg am Lech by Ilka

2 thoughts on “Swimming To Work In Munich

    1. Thank you, Tatiana. I thought the same when I watched the video! 😀

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