Like most city residents, Munich-based businessman Benjamin David dislikes being stuck in traffic. And while swimming is technically not allowed in Munich's Isar River, outside-the-box-thinking David tried it one day, and found that he could paddle to work faster than his car would get him there. Now he jumps in the river as his daily commute:
As for that waterproof bag they mentioned, we poked around and found it's called a Wickelfisch. Created by Swiss designer Tilo Ahmels, the product is a big hit in his native Basel, where lots of folks like to go swimming in the Rhine.
The benefits of the Wickelfisch are twofold:
1. You don't have to worry about leaving your things on shore and potentially having them stolen, and
2. If the current carries you downriver, you don't have to fight your way back to your original entry point. You can just get out of the river wherever it carries you.