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Selçuk, İzmir, Turkey
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Pastry Shop Selçuk  Turkey

Pastry Shop

I was roaming the streets of Selcuk, Turkey, when I came across a pastry shop. My sweet tooth is infamous, so I stepped inside and decided to try a few of the many bite-sized treats that were on display behind a glass case. Since I speak very little Turkish, I would simply point at something that looked good and say "lutfen" (please). The baklava and chocolates were wonderful.

When I had eaten all I could hold, I pulled out my money to pay. The shop owner ignored my money and asked in broken English, "Where you from?" "United States," I answered. A big smile came over his face. "Obama!" he shouted. "America good!" This was in November of 2008, and Obama had just been elected president a week before. The shop owner was obviously a big fan.

"How much do I pay?" I asked. "For you, no pay," he replied. I offered to pay again, but he insisted. "No pay. When you go home, you tell all your friends that the people in Turkey are nice."

I've been spreading the word ever since.