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."