I spent the last day of my trip in Bratislava visiting a friend from many years ago with whom I recently reconnected.  In 1994, I visited her shortly after she moved to Bratislava and this visit came just months before she returns to the United States.  I once had a roommate who referred to her “instant-tea friends” — just add water and what seems dried out becomes full-strength.  This visit definitely demonstrated that we are instant tea friends.  We spent most of our time catching up on the past 10 years.  But we did manage to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing.

The tower behind me is part of the only remaining gate from the old city wall.

The tower behind me is part of the only remaining gate from the old city wall.

Souvenir stalls and a church on the main square.

Souvenir stalls and a church on the main square.

I love how the man in this billboard looks like he is peering over the old city wall.

I love how the man in this billboard looks like he is peering over the old city wall.