FIGO 2003 in Chile


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Dr. Alicia Lapidus: “We are here at FIGO 2000 in Washington, and we’re very proud to have with us Dr. Tisne and Dr. Miranda. They are the President and the Vice-President of the Organizing Committee for FIGO 2003 in Chile. What does Chile have to offer everybody that’s going to be there?”

Dr. Jorge Tisne: “You know the Scientific Committee is organizing here from FIGO but we are going to have a lot of people from Latin America that are going to be involved in that. But most people go to these Congresses not only for the scientific organization but also as tourists and to make friends, and in Chile there are a lot of possibilities. You are going to have the driest desert in the north, and you’re going to have the Easter Islands, which are very well known all over the world. In the south you’re going to have some landscape and rivers that you can go rafting on. You can have the snow one hour away from Santiago, and if you came back quickly you can go one hour to the beach. Santiago has two parts; one that is old and very colonial and the other one, which is the most important, is where people live, and more or less known for the same things as in the states. So there is the modern part and the ancient part, and you know that at night you are going to have a lot of fun. We know that FIGO is very proud of the Scientific Committee but people have to have some amusement also. That’s why I think most of the people from Latin America and from all the countries from all over the world are going to come here. Another thing that you’re going to have is some other countries that are very near like Buenos Aires, Machupicchu in Peru and Brazil. It’s a great part of our country where you can stay more than one week when you go to Santiago.”

Dr. Cristian Miranda: “Yes, we think FIGO 2003 is the best combination of a very good scientific program and very wide specialties for tourists. In a way, we have a long country with a variety of different climates, different sports, and different things for tourists to do.”

Dr. Alicia Lapidus: “And you also have great wines.”

Dr. Cristian Miranda: “Yes, the best wines, apples, fruits, and chips.”

Dr. Alicia Lapidus: “And seafood.”

Dr. Jorge Tisne: “And they are inexpensive; Chile is inexpensive.”

Dr. Cristian Miranda: “Chile is inexpensive. Chile has had a stable economy in the last ten years, and the prices are very low in comparison with North America and in Europe.”

Dr. Alicia Lapidus: “We are going to have a really great time with all the Chilean guys there. Thank you very much for this interview, and we’re going to meet at FIGO 2003. Thank you.”

Dr. Jorge Tisne: “We expect you.”

Dr. Cristian Miranda: “We’re waiting for you.”

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