García Márquez spent his first years of high school, from 1940, in the Colegio jesuita San José (today Instituto San José) where he published his first poems in the school magazine Juventud.
Later, thanks to a scholarship given to him by the government, Gabriel was sent to study in Bogotá where he was relocated to the Liceo Nacional de Zipaquirá, a town located one hour from the capital, where he would finish his secondary studies.
When his parents fell in love, their relationship met with resistance from Luisa Santiaga Márquez's father, the Colonel.
Gabriel Eligio García was not the man the Colonel had envisioned winning the heart of his daughter: he (Gabriel Eligio) was a Conservative, and had the reputation of being a womanizer.
Though his passion was writing, he continued with law in 1948 to please his father.
After the so-called «Bogotazo» in 1948, some bloody disturbances that happened 9 April caused by the assassination of popular leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, the university closed indefinitely and his boarding house was burned.The environment of Barranquilla gave García Márquez a world-class literary education and provided him with a unique perspective on Caribbean culture.From 1954 to 1955, García Márquez spent time in Bogotá and regularly wrote for Bogotá's El Espectador.Some of his works are set in the fictional village of Macondo (mainly inspired by his birthplace, Aracataca), and most of them explore the theme of solitude.Upon García Márquez’s death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, called him "the greatest Colombian who ever lived."García Márquez billboard in Aracataca: "I feel Latin American from whatever country, but I have never renounced the nostalgia of my homeland: Aracataca, to which I returned one day and discovered that between reality and nostalgia was the raw material for my work".—Gabriel García Márquez In December 1936, his father took him and his brother to Sincé, while in March 1937, his grandfather died; the family then moved first (back) to Barranquilla and then on to Sucre, where his father started up a pharmacy.Though García Márquez never finished his higher studies, some universities, like Columbia University, New York, have given him an honorary doctorate in writing.García Márquez began his career as a journalist while studying law at the National University of Colombia. Later, from 1950 until 1952, he wrote a "whimsical" column under the name of "Septimus" for the local paper El Heraldo in Barranquilla.La metamorfosis by Franz Kafka, particularly in the false translation of Jorge Luis Borges, was a work that especially inspired him.He was excited by the idea of writing, not traditional literature, but in a style similar to his grandfather's stories, in which «they inserted extraordinary events and anomalies as if they were simply an aspect of everyday life». A little later, he published his first, La tercera resignación, which appeared in the 13 September 1947 edition of the newspaper El Espectador.reminding him that there was no greater burden than to have killed a man, a lesson that García Márquez would later integrate into his novels.García Márquez's grandmother, Doña Tranquilina Iguarán Cotes, played an influential role in his upbringing.