Maria, the Greek model, I became friends with on my transit flight from Mumbai to Delhi in January 2014, told me that in Creta, where she is from, they use a lot of Turkish words in their daily language due to the Turkish influence on the islanders in the past. Among those Turkish words, according to Maria, Vegera was a popular one. I told her I had never heard of such a word before and asked her to explain what it meant. In her thick Cretan accent, Maria said, " When people sit together all night, talk , dance, eat and drink, sing songs, until the dawn. When they have a good time together around a table, that's when we say we make vegera." There are certain words in almost every language that echoes the culture, traditions and history more than anything. You can almost visualize the word in action in that culture- if you know it well. Since that time, I decided that's what my blog should be named after: "Vegera." It brings as much happiness to me as the word Keyf-i Alem ! Even though my blog's initial name Entry Level Philly and its objectives will continue to resonate throughout my entries, I believe that Vegera is more appropriate for the way I live my life- at least at this point in my life. So, this blog will be about anything from restaurants and bars I visit in Philly to my travels across the world and life adventures- which somehow make up a lot of crazy stories in my life!Lastly who is the author of Vegera? Oh.. just a usual type hailing from Istanbul, Turkey- trying to figure out where on earth she wants to travel next. Her name is Işıl Tanyeri and she is turning 25 in April 2014- and yes, she is scared. She is a graduate from Franklin & Marshall College, yes that Amish Town! Currently, I'm in Philadelphia, working as a communications specialist and do a lot of marketing/PR work for a small medical supply company, located outside of the city. I work with people-mainly athletes with disabilities. You'll probably see some inspiring stories that I come across, as you read this blog. When busy saving up money for traveling/ or concerts, i.e. busy with stressful work life, I like observing people, their behavior, interactions with others and drinking wine.This should be enough info on the author now. You'll probably find out more as you continue to read my entries... There will be a lot of personal opinions, feelings and emotions articulated.. Hope you stay long to make vegera with me .. Ciao.