Heavy traffic is a constant problem in metropolitan cities. In the Philippines, it has become the norm to leave your home much earlier than expected in order to get to where you need to go in time. Unsurprisingly, it’s not just Filipinos who are experiencing this woeful situation. Even first-world countries such as Germany experience horrible traffic conditions as well.
According to ABS-CBN News, a German man named Benjamin David got so irritated by the traffic along the roads of Munich, Germany that he took an unthinkable but nonetheless ingenious route – he actually swam through the waters of the Isar River.
David reportedly does this all the time. He has a waterproof bag containing his laptop and clothes. He then wears a wetsuit while making his way through the river to get to work. Luckily, David works at a bar lying near the riverside.
He doesn’t use vehicles anymore due to his extreme irritation over the horrible traffic conditions he faces in Munich. When he was interviewed by Reuters, he pragmatically stated that swimming in the river was the fastest way for him to get to work. If the river’s current is strong, it only takes him 12 minutes to reach his place of employment.
“It is beautifully refreshing and also the fastest way 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.”
He said that swimming is much faster compared to biking, driving, or walking. However, when the winter season comes, the waters of the Isar River can have temperatures as low as 4 degrees. thus, David refrains from swimming to work during the winter. He said:
“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.”
Watch the video report below to see Benjamin David in action:
Wow! What do you think about Benjamin David’s unusual way of conquering traffic? Do you think you can also do this in Metro Manila, considering how dirty our river are? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!