I walked up to the Turkish State Railways international ticketing booth and politely asked for a ticket to, “as far away as possible.” “Munich?” Works for me!
Reproduced above is the diagram I used to demolish the language barrier that tried to block my negotiation with the TDD agent. Red is the more popular and slightly cheaper Bosphor Express. Blue is the path of winners via the Balkan Express.
I had an open ticket in my hand. Winners always prosper.