Like most reggae lovers, for many years I had dreamt of heading to the little island nation of Jamaica to see and experience all the many things that Bob Marley sung about and to immerse myself in the culture I had always read about. Jamaican is such a little island,but it’s so full of culture and adventure,and no trip to Jamaica would be complete without making the pilgrimage to the birth & resting place of the king of reggae!
The journey from Montego Bay was around 2hrs on bumpy roads with many potholes,and the occasional goat or two running across the road causing havoc ,but what the road conditions lacked the scenery more then made up for. The beautiful green scenery of Cockpit Country on the winding roads to the Village of Nine Miles coupled with informative and humorous commentary from our guide made for a memorable journey.
The closer we got to Nine Miles the more you could feel the excitement building ,for every reggae fan this journey is a right of passage.
An abundance of things to explore greets your senses once you are inside the compound, from gallery’s, awards and memeorabilia, the one room shack on the top of the hill where Bob was born from humble beginnings ,then full circle to the tiny Chapel that houses the marble mausoleum where he was laid to rest with his guitar. Walking in to the chapel to pay your respects truly is spiritual journey,you can feel the magic in the air. Take your time as you circle the musoleum admiring all the gifts left by fans,soak up the atmosphere and feel the vibes.
What could be more perfect then reasoning with a group of rastas while partaking in the sacrament of herb at the resting place of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley?
My spiritual journey is complete
Love & Blessings
P.J. Cannon Jr.