Andrew and I are sitting on a ledge in the park connecting the Blue Mosque and Ayasofia, gorging on $15 worth of baclava and other Turkish delights. Not far from us, two young turks indulge in beer. The one who turns out to be the chattier of the two calls over to Andrew and I. We scoot closer and engage in friendly banter. After a while, conversation turn to politics. Bülent, the chatty one, who got his name in honor of the popular invasion of Cyprus conducted under the prime ministership of Bülent Ecevit, asks me who I voted for in the last election. He is pleased by my answer. He offers a warm handshake and a free carpet. He then asks which American president I think is the most popular in Tukey. Since we are sitting a stone's throw away from Kennedy Avenue, I venture JFK. No, he says with glee, it's Bill Clinton. Ali, the more reserved one, speaks his longest sentence of the night: "We like Hillary too". Our conversation meanders for a while from politics to Istanbul to America. It ends, unsurprisingly in this tourist district, with an offer to visit their carpet store, which is just around the corner. Wonderful carpets, they say, delivered for free to your doorstep, anywhere in the world.