The rug salesmen I was a skeptic of would offer me directions and tea (disclaimer: I don't like tea), asking for nothing in return. I totally missed a boat tour due to some delays on a previous outing. One of the guys working at the hostel, and I was able to reschedule with no monetary penalty. I asked directions to Taksim Square from a waiter on that boat tour. He ended up leading me himself, paying for my subway fare, and even gave me a short tour of the square İstiklal Avenue. There was another time when I was somehow drawn into a game of backgammon with some elderly men and drank a lot of tea with them.
It's been a rough year in Turkey. It seems like they keep having one terrorist attack after another by ISIS and Kurdish militants. Their president keeps becoming more authoritarian, doing his best to crush any dissent.
With all the bad stuff happening, I will go back someday even if the dust hasn't settled.. It's not in despite of anything. There's something wonderful about that place, and the Turkish people are the reason why.