If it were not for living in the Netherlands, probably I would never have linked swimming with talking. My friends always told me the Dutch like talking, but I was not convinced until I went swimming. I was surprised that some Dutch people talk to each other when swimming, moving at the same leisurely pace, talking and swimming, back and forth. Interesting…What a good way to get exercise and communication at the same time!
I always have a swim as a form of exercise, set a target first and try to accomplish it, then go back with a strong sense of achievement, but usually feel tired. I guess most Chinese are the same, and to relax we usually chat when we are having a rest. It would surely be much easier if we did not take swimming so seriously, but just saw it as a form of relaxation. How efficiently the Dutch swim, actually! Now I am learning to swim the 'Dutch way', and perhaps one day I too will be able to talk as I swim./Wenling Liu, PhD Environmental Policy Group