‘My name is “Mutlu” – it means happy in Turkish,’ my driver said to me, after presenting me with a gift. I had spent less than 60 minutes with him across two different days- when he picked me up from the airport and when he dropped me off. But we connected. I asked him a lot of questions about culture and current events, all of which he answered openly and willingly. My 60 minutes of conversation with Mutlu beautifully illustrates my time in Turkey: short but meaningful, and over all too soon.
Ankara, in photos: