5-speed listening (Swimming to Work - Level 1)

Man swims to work every day to beat traffic






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A man started swimming to work. He got fed up with commuting and being stuck in traffic. Benjamin David beats the traffic by swimming 2km down a river in Germany. He drags his laptop, phone and his suit in a waterproof bag behind him. David realized the river outside his apartment went past his office. He decided to swim to work and get some exercise. This was better than battling commuters on buses or breathing fumes while cycling.

David's river commute has made him fitter and less 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." He added: "Just a few metres to the side of [all the traffic] is the river, and if you just swim down that, it's completely relaxing." David said river swimming can be dangerous. He always checks the water temperature. In some cities it is illegal to swim in rivers.

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