I know one person who has been there before - my Lovely Flying Friend - and when I told him that I was going to Turkey's capital his response was 'to the point'.
"What do you want to go there for?" he said.
"Because I've never been there" I answered. Although, to be perfectly honest, this wasn't the total truth.
You see, in the world of TBNIL there's a list of historical figures that I would, well, you know....that I would. And although not on top, pretty high up the list is one Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founding father of modern Turkey.
Atatürk took an islamic, tribal, disjointed and old-fashioned country and transformed it - in less than one generation - into a modern, secular, westward-looking society. He gave women rights, re-established Turkish history and language, separated the state from the religious leaders and brought about the kind of change that Obama can only dream about.
On top of all this, he was a handsome man with a twinkle in his eye. And he looked very fine in a dinner suit...
So, it was largely a historical fuck-fantasy that had me flying high above the Anatolian plain to the joy that is modern day Ankara. Heading to the centre of the nation to see the mausoleum, museum and, indeed, the legacy of the great man.
What I found wasn't a sleepy backwater. Nor was it a Stepford-ish modern capital that so often exists when government and business are in different towns. As brash, loud and obnoxious as Istanbul is, I was expecting Ankara to be provincial, dowdy, boring.
I was wrong.
The city was buzzy, lively, young and trendy. Especially so in the areas of Kizilay and Cavaklidere, which both had great café cultures and plenty of terraces from which to watch the young and beautiful parade themselves. The not so young and the not so beautiful were there too, so I didn't feel left out.
True, there's not much to see and not much to do. But if you're happy with a museum, a mausoleum and a toot round the shops, then it's a great spot.
I was sad to leave, but happy to be getting back to normalcy and to not worrying about how much the calls are costing to and from Florida.
Oh yeah, me and Florida are getting on fine. I figured the trip to Turkey would give us a bit of a break from each other - time to think about what on earth is going on. I was wrong.
We spoke twice a day, every day and never did we struggle for things to say. I'm not sure how that happened. I'm not sure when this became a twice-a-day thing. I'm not sure, I'm not sure, I'm not sure.
We have a day and a night in London when he comes over at the end of next month. We're going to see a show that he's desperate to get to.
"You know when we're in London in September?" he said to me last week. I said that I did. "Well, am I going to meet your Mom?"
"Do you want to meet her?" I asked, a little taken aback. I took a swift gulp of my gin and tonic. "Really?"
"Well, I'm going to have to meet her one day, so why not?" he said. "After all, I bet she's dying to meet me..."
At the end of the call, I poured myself another drink and went for a big lie down.
Be careful what you wish for, young Florida Boy, you might just get it.....