Subway trains in Munich, Germany are always overcrowded by commuters spending long hours of travel for being stuck in traffic. However, a resourceful man found a simpler option to save himself from the traffic but get into his work place every day.
Two years ago, believing commuting was actually a relaxing experience, 40-year-old Munchner, Benjamin David, came up with an idea of swimming thru the Isar River in going to his work in Kulturstrand. While other people made use of rafts as they traveled up and down the Isar River being one of the popular routes between Rome and Vienna, David made use of his swimming skills as he crosses it.
The Isar River flows right past David’s apartment in Baldeplatz. Each morning, he crosses the street and jumps into the river. He would swim two kilometers taking him about thirty minutes to reach Kulsturstrand.
Wondering how he managed bringing his things that may get wet while swimming in the river? The swimmer found a smart way to keep his things dry with the use of an exceptional bag called “Wickelfisch”. The bag is not only waterproof but also turns into a buoy when filled with air while it is being rolled shut, thus, allowing him to float when his arms get tired in swimming. The bag was said to be designed by a start up in Basel, Switzerland where swimming commuters going to their works started to proliferate. The bag contained his laptop, documents and clothes.
When David reached his destination, he would dry himself with a towel, put on his shirt, and enjoy a cup of cappuccino at a cafe while waiting for his workmates who were stuck in traffic to arrive.
Considering the fact that swimming in a river is dangerous and taking into account that he is a family man, this swimmer is also cautious not to risk his life just to save travel time. Every morning, David would check online the water level, temperature and the strength of the current before he leaves for work.
If he found that every detail would make him safe as he swims, he would head for the river. Otherwise, he would take one of the usual means of transportation.
As of this writing, Benjamin David is the only man in Munich who swims the Isar River to commute going to his work but he expects some of his fellow Munchners will be joining him for an everyday swim soon to spare themselves from the traffic that isn’t getting better for having around 30,000 new people moving to the German city each year.