Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to pay my respects to the King of Reggae, Bob Marley. I’m not a huge Bob Marley fan, but being in Jamaica and all, this was one of the things I had on my bucket list to which I can now officially say “check!”
Instead of taking the Zion Tour Bus (which is now highly recommended by the way), a couple of friends and I decided to drive up to the Bob Marley Mausoleum located in a small hamlet called Nine Mile about 1.5 hours drive away from Ocho Rios.
The dense vegetation, rolling hills, and lush green landscape of the island interior was a sight to behold (for us nature-lovers), until we discovered there were no road signs to take us there! No … never mind the narrow, winding curves and mega pothole-dodging maneuvers, there were no signs, period!
So what should have taken us about one and a half hours turned out to be an all day adventure! Mind you though, we did stop to pet a donkey and some goats, snapped a few photos, and chatted with some of the locals along the way.
In a nutshell, the tour itself was quite enjoyable for a party of three with our “high on life” tour guide, Captain Crazy. The mausoleum offered us insights to the life, music, and inspirations of this legendary artist from his humble beginnings, as well as a peek into his final resting place.
The grounds were more commercialized than I had expected, but then again, so is everything else becoming on the island. Being the last tour of the day we were fortunately not greeted with clouds of smoke and whiffs of marijuana throughout the air (thank goodness), although it is legal to smoke as much as you want within the confinement of the mausoleum – just saying.
This is Bob’s tiny two-room cottage up on Mt. Zion. It is said that he got most of his music inspiration here, and so I had a little inspiration of my own …
Here’s my Raw Rasta Pasta …
.. and my tribute to the Legend himself. For those who are unfamiliar, the Rasta colors are very symbolic: yellow represents the sun, red for blood, and green for nature (and marijuana for some).
The mango strips provide a sweet and tangy flavor so there’s no need for any salad dressing.
For a creamy pasta dish however, you may want to try it with a dollop of Curry Dressing (recipe below). Add cayenne to taste or top with chia seeds.
Martine ~ holistic nutritionista