A man has started swimming to work after he got fed up with commuting and being stuck in traffic all the time. Benjamin David, 40, now beats the traffic by swimming 2km down the Isar River in Munich, Germany. He puts his laptop, phone and his suit in a waterproof bag that he drags (pulls) behind him.
He got the idea by watching the river outside his apartment. He looked on a map and realized that the river went past his office. He decided to swim to work and get some exercise. This was better than fighting commuters (people who go to work) on buses and trains or breathing fumes (pollution) from traffic while cycling.
David's life has changed since he started river commute. Now he is fitter and less stressed than he used to be. Commuting used to make him stressed. He said: "when I was on my bike, I would yell at cars. When I was on foot, I would yell at cyclists, and so on (and more)."
The river that David swims in is just a few meters to the side of the traffic, and if you just swim down that, it's completely relaxing and refreshing."
David spoke about the dangers of river swimming. He always checks the water temperature before he starts swimming. Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In some cities like London, it is illegal (it is not allowed by law) to swim in the river.0 This entry was posted in Reading stage 1 by Parviz with no comments yet