Swimming in the river in summer, by Zayachiy Ostrov; Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Wild swimming is popular the world over, but especially here in Russia. I remember watching a Michael Palin travelogue when at one point on his journey through Russia his train broke down in the middle of nowhere and it was going to be quite a wait for a rescue. It was a hot sunny day so what were the passengers going to do? Business men, mothers, bankers and children stripped down to their underpants and went swimming in a nearby lake. Of course, the British wouldn’t dream of leaving the train, but perhaps we would become a little less stuffy if we took off our ‘official hats’ from time to time and connected with people and with the fun of actually being alive.
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