Within a couple of hours I was at my hotel in Bratislava.  This provided a little needed comic relief.  The main reason this incredibly well located property Is very affordable is that anyone staying there has about a 100 steps to climb.  There is no elevator.   When I arrived at the reception desk (up 80+ steps) I was delighted to find that the door to my room was actually on that level.  When I unlocked my door, this is what I saw.

In case you can’t make it out, it is a narrow spiraling staircase leading the last 18 steps up to my room.  I didn’t bother explaining to the girl why I was laughing.  Speaking of humor in Slovakia, this picture shows an example of the bronze figures placed around the old city in startling or humorous poses.

But back to the serious stuff… I met with Roman, the young preacher for the group started by institutional brethren there in the city.  We sat and talked for almost two hours.  I felt that is was very productive.