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German man avoids traffic by swimming to work

Posted on Saturday, 12 August, 2017 | Comment icon 19 comments

Would you swim to work ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Bernd Reuschenberg
Benjamin David, who lives in Munich, shuns public transport in favor of diving in to his local river.
Tired of cycling or taking the bus to get to work every morning, the swimming fanatic has found that jumping in to the River Isar is a much quicker and far less stressful solution to the daily commute.

With his laptop and dry clothes packed inside a waterproof bag, the beer garden worker regularly heads down to the river bank and lets the current take him all the way to his place of employment.

"It is beautifully refreshing and also the fastest way," he said during a recent interview. "I used to go by bike or bus or car or on foot and you need much longer."

"Today the current was quite strong and I only needed about 12 minutes. I mostly do this in summer. I am a bit of a wimp, but you can also do it in winter, then I've got a longer wet suit."

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (19)

Tags: Munich, River, Swimming

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by FLOMBIE on 15 August, 2017, 13:04
Yup, he doesn't swim home. In all reports it only states how he swim to work, not home.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Redefining Success on 15 August, 2017, 21:48
And your point is what?  Omitting any rule can cause harm or death. Stick a granny in a car and tell her to go 200km/h, stick a learner in a Ferrari. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by AnchorSteam on 15 August, 2017, 22:08
Maybe the speed of civilization should not be Governed by the very stupidest people on the planet.   And for this guy.... hasn't he ever heard of a collapsible Kayak? And if you want to go low-visibility ....  
Comment icon #13 Posted by qxcontinuum on 16 August, 2017, 5:33
depending of the car. you may discover that since the learner is terrified by knowing he is driving a beast, will drive it gently and carefully while the granny in a nissan would probably willing to test its limit. This is not an actual joke and i am not being cinic.  My point is traffic is slow because of speed limits imposed unnecessarily under the pretex of safety.  The true reason is of course financial. speed tickets bring good revenue. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Captain Risky on 16 August, 2017, 11:02
It's about national character. If this was in Australia, the dude would have skipped work and swam to the pub. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Farmer77 on 16 August, 2017, 11:03
Dont you mean the dude would have skipped work and gotten eaten by something while swimming to the pub? 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Captain Risky on 16 August, 2017, 11:05
Yes we are very brave. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by spartan max2 on 16 August, 2017, 12:09
I would kayak to work if I had the chance lol
Comment icon #18 Posted by FLOMBIE on 16 August, 2017, 12:47
Well, this guy owns a beach bar. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Redefining Success on 16 August, 2017, 19:09
I like how you labelled the learner and "he" and the more experienced driver a she.  What utter elephant pizzle.  Soon as I passed my test, that was it, let's see how fast I can get, as it was with pretty much all of my mates.  Do you really think everyone has the reaction speed and awareness to spot a hazard and take action at 200km/h?  No, speed limits are there to cover an average ability spectrum, it's a minimum standard and depending on the chances of hazards appearing, ie a pedestrian stepping out, the speed limits are there to protect everyone.  Chances of a child following a ball on th... [More]

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