Kraków with a conference, feelings and a state of mind.

The conference
Between 19th and 25th of July I presented my 2nd scientific paper as a member of UNIDCOM  (http://www.iade.pt/unidcom/) in Kraków on Jagiellonian University. The title is Human-Social Interaction model for e-health Interfaces and it is related with my Ph.D research. If you are a researcher international ou not, please flow me on the Research Gate (The network dedicated to science and research):  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Claudia_Pernencar?ev=hdr_xprf

AHFE 2014 was wonderful. I met internacional researchers and I have done good contacts. Almost 482 people was there from 50 countries integrated in 12 distinguished international boards. The conference was sponsored by IBM and Elsevier. For me, It was important to better understand about the impact factor of cientific publishing with Taylor & Francis Group.

For more information about the conference: http://www.ahfe2014.org. Next year, will be in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 26-30 July. The 6th international Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics.

The City of Kraków
Kraków with almost 853,000 inhabitants, is a city located on Poland south, in the margins of the river Vistula with attractive places to see. It was founded around by the year 700. This city was devastated by Mongols in 1241,1259 and 1287. It has been integrated in Austria and acquired the name of Krakow in 1914. The historical center was inscribed by UNESCO in 1978 Patrimony of the World list. It is a safety city, so we can use public transport even at night. Walking around it is another solution, in my opinion, one of the best to understand the local culture and the details.

Kraków details

The Jewish quarter

One of my interests since a few years ago, has been the Jewish culture. I started to see the Jewish Museum in Berlim last year and in Poland, another Jewish Museum. Both are different but complement themselves.

Jewish Museum Berlin http://www.jmberlin.de
The permanent exhibition “Two Millennia of German Jewish History“ presents Germany through the eyes of the Jewish minority.This based on the people who have directed with the development of the museum as well as personalities of public life who are dedicated to intercultural understanding and have been honored with the Jewish Museum's Prize for Understanding and Tolerance. In three buildings we can found two millennia of German-Jewish history are on display in the permanent exhibition as well as in various changing exhibitions.

Jewish Museum Poland http://www.en.galiciajewishmuseum.org

This is more a contemporary look at the Jewish past in Poland. It is to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting the Jewish history from a different perspective.

Rural Kraków 
On the way to Auschwitz I had the opportunity to contact the more rural side of the country. Almost all the houses I passed were well estimated, with large gardens and animals in the wild to get along with others from dogs, chickens, jumper, ducks, among others.

"In the years 1940-1945, the Nazis deported at least 1300.000 people to Auschwitz: 1100.000 Jews; 150.000 Poles; 23.000 Gypsies; 15.000 Soviet prisoners of war; 25.000 Prisoners from other ethnic groups." The visit worth by the experience and the local hypothesis of realising the horrors passed there, reliving the memory of so many films that create the atmosphere of the dorms, prisons and the outside dry. In my opinion, the museum does not make the justice to the memory of the victims, I think due to some conservatism in transforming the business in a historical product.

Kraków flavors 
Poland is a country at the crossroads of European trade routes where the melting pot of cultures, religions and traditions are embeded. I read in Trip Advisor that was one of the best country in Europe for bread, bigos, white and red Żurek barszcz, Pierogi, Baltic herring and highland sheep's cheese but our choise was Ukrainian Food.

The most famous main course is a table of the Ukrainian is the Red Borscht soup (3th picture). It is served with garlic bread and a glass of horilka. Horilka is Ukrainian vodka but we ordered beer (2nd Picture). I think we eat Salo with potatos (4th Picture) but I'm not shure. Salo is a product made of pork, a side of him is with skin.

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