Every evening after the day’s walking there was a meeting where part of the agenda was dedicated to the book he wrote after his trip, Viaje a pie, (Journey by foot). It was interesting to listen to excerpts read by the organisers of the walk, which pertained to the section of the walk we had completed that day, and this motivated me on my return to look into his life in more detail.
A fragment from Viaje, a pie translated into English can be found here.
Fernando Gonzalez Ochoa was born in Envigado on April 24, 1895. He was a writer and existentialist philosopher also known as "el filósofo de Otraparte", after the name of the villa where he lived in Envigado. He is considered one of the most original Colombian writers of the 20th century. His ideas were controversial and had great influence on the Colombian society.
He was the second of seven children born to Daniel González and Pastora Ochoa. His father was a school teacher, and the inspiration of one of his books, El Maestro de Escuela, (The School Teacher). He was expelled from the Catholic school he attended in Envigado because he insulted one of the nuns after being punished.