Arrived without any trouble to my Frankfurt accommodation. I knew when numerous hummers passed by that I’d obviously inadvertently picked the party side of town!
I had arrived early enough to go for a bit of a look of the city. It was Saturday night so the streets were brimming in the mall adjacent to St Katherine’s and the rebuilt 1729 police station.
A walk around again on Sunday highlighted how much of Frankfurt had been destroyed during the war. The facades of the Romer (town hall) in Romerberg gave you a feel of what this area of settlement would have looked like with its half timber half brick buildings. The fountain of justice in the centre a reminder to the city’s representative to treat all citizens fairly.
Nearby was the Cathedral perched high enough to be protected from the flooding of the Main River.
Wish I could have taken a photo of the nun I saw chowing down on her whopper at Burger King!
It was then time for a bit of work; off to the OHS World Congress. A very impressive opening signalling the quality of the three days to follow. I managed to find a consultant from Darwin while chatting with some attendees from Armenia during the opening reception.
There was a wonderful display of traditional dress highlighting the array of attendees from around the world. Another indicator I was in for an interesting few days.
The conference had been great – so much to see, do and learn but I had concluded the Germans had a long way to go in getting a culture of prevention given every second person (and that’s not an exaggeration) smokes.
The drive back to my accom after the ‘German evening’ was eventful – the cab driver nearly ran over a traffic controller who thought it necessary in the rain to wrap himself in a glad bag – unfortunately in the process he had blocked his high viz stripes! A quick stop in the Merc and all tragedy was avoided!
I was very grateful for having had the opportunity to attend the conference and left with a desire to get to the next one in Singapore in 2017. Hoping the closer proximity might see some fellow Brisbane OHS professionals join me!
Next stop Chamonix – now to test if my daily exercises had helped me retain strength before the big hike!
Your comments on the Congress bring back memories of the Safety Congress I attended in Vienna in 2002. It was a great experience and it sounds like you’ve had a memorable conference in Frankfurt. I did a presentation on Enforcement in OHS with Richard Johnstone – do you remember him? Sounds like the smoking rate has remained the same in that part of the world. It was impossible to find a restaurant that didn’t smell like an ashtray 😦