Leonor Varela was born on December 29, 1972 in Santiago de Chile, Chile, the daughter of Leonor Palma
, a massage therapist, and Francisco Varela
(Francisco Javier Varela Garcia), a biologist, neuroscientist, and philosopher. Her family fled to Costa Rica, leaving behind the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. They subsequently resided in Germany, ...
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