Giuseppe Maxia had a stop-over yesterday on his way to the MySQL Staff Meeting. We met for community discussions, and rounded off with WeiÃƒÅ¸bier and dinner in Munich's famous HofbrÃƒÂ¤uhaus.
What a fantastic feeling! The Bavarian spirit of joy and happiness has been decoupled from tobacco stench! I've always liked the first and hated the second.
So the German non-smoker protection legislation of 1 January 2008 is good news for anyone considering arranging meetings in Germany. You will no longer be "welcomed" at the airport by an offensive smell. Headaches in German restaurants will now correlate mostly with the amount of alcohol you drink.
Germany just became an even better place to work and live.