A man has figured out a way to completely avoid traffic and other hold-ups on his way to work every day.
To beat the stress of getting stuck at a congested signal, 40-year-old Benjamin David, doesn’t drive or bike or take public transportation — he swims.
Every day, David packs his laptop, his suit, and shoes into a waterproof bag, straps it to his back and starts his journey. It bag keeps things dry thanks to a strong seal, and holds air so it also doubles as a rescue buoy.
He swims 2 km in the Isar River in Bavaria, Germany. In the summer, he can easily swim both ways. In the winter, sometimes he still swims with a wetsuit.
The Isar River originates in the Alps and joins the Danube. David checks water temperature, currents, etc. before his commute and he wears rubber sandals in the water so he can protect his feet when getting out.
“The traffic on the road next to the Isar is so wild that it is no fun,” he told the BBC. “When I’m swimming, I am indeed quicker and also more relaxed.”
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