A paper about PanamaTipico.com's research work on Panamanian cultural heritage has been published in Bulgaria
Our European trip started with a stop at Amsterdam. We visited some of its canals and main monuments.
A couple of flights later, we arrived at Sofia, capital city of Bulgaria. The first thing we did there was to visit St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, an icon of the city.
Sofia's center is full of monumental buildings. Most of them are the seats of government offices. this is the Presidency.
In the same block as the Presidency is Saint George Church, also know as The Rotunda, a Roman-era building.
After a couple of days in Sofia, we crossed the Balkan Mountains while traveling to Veliko Tarnovo, seat of the conference.
Veliko Tarnovo is the medieval capital of Bulgaria. The old part of the city still has narrow streets and ancient buildings.
The city is surrounded by the Yantra River, also known as the Etar. It is a tributary of the Danube.
Tsarevets Fortress dominates the vicinity of Veliko Tarnovo. It was the seat of power of the Second Bulgarian Empire.
The opening of DiPP2014 conference took place at the Museum of the Bulgarian Revival and Constituent Assembly. Dr. Peter Stanchev welcomed the participants.
During the conference's recesses, we tried several Bulgarian traditional dishes, such as the delicious Shopska Salad.
On the second day of the conference, our director Marino Jaen Espinosa, spoke about the digital preservation work done by PanamaTipico.com.
Our paper was published on the conference proceedings, a document published under the patronage of UNESCO.
The conference included a visit to the Roman city of Nicopolis ad Istrum.
On our way back, we visited the village of Arbanassi, near Veliko Tarnovo. The shingles on its houses reminded us of Panama's countryside.
Back on Sofia, we visited the facilities of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Our hosts were Dr. Detelin Luchev (left) and Dr. Radoslav Pavlov, Deputy Director (right).
On the way back to Panama, we stopped at Rome and made a quick visit to Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Our fourth participation, as speakers, in an international conference about digital cultural heritage took place a few weeks ago at the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. The conference, titled Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage 2014, was held in mid-September.
We were very pleased to join colleagues from many European countries in this important academic gathering, which is organized by the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy os Sciences, under the patronage of UNESCO.
According to the organizers, our paper, titled PanamaTipico.com: A born digital initiative for researching and preserving Panama’s cultural heritage, is among the first contributions dealing with Latin American heritage projects to be presented at DiPP in its four editions. Our paper, along with all contributions to the conference, were published in the proceedings of the event.
As during our other international trips, we took the opportunity to visit many historical places. In our first stop, Amsterdam, we were able to walk around the city an its canals.
Then, on Sofia, we visited several Orthodox churches and other landmarks of the capital city of Bulgaria.
After a few days in Sofia, we traveled by bus to Veliko Tarnovo. There, we visited the Tsarevets Fortress and the Museum of the Bulgarian Revival and Constituent Assembly. Near the city, we also visited the Roman ruins of the city of Nicopolis ad Istrum and the traditional village of Arbanassi.
Back in Sofia, we were lucky enough to witness the celebration of Bulgaria's National Day (September 22nd) and then finish our stay with an academic visit to the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
On our way back to Panama, we stopped at Rome and were able to cap our trip with a quick visit to St. Peter's Square.
We were very pleased to bring a little bit of Panama's traditional culture to a professional audience in the eastern part of Europe for the first time. We are particularly satisfied to have been able to learn about the rich Bulgarian cultural heritage which is not well known in Panama. Our visit to the cities of Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo was full of positive experiences that we will always treasure, as well as the valuable personal and professional relationships we created during this trip. We look forward to visit that country in the near future. If you are interested in reading more about DiPP2014 conference, please, visit this link.