This tour was so expensive – $87 USD for a 1/2 day tour to Bob Marley tour but since we were here in Jamaica, it was the thing to do so we couldn’t resist but going knowing we are getting ripped off. There were no other option, all the tour companies were charging this high.
We drove to up to Nine Miles which was up the mountain. This is where Bob Marley was born. It was a poor rural area, lots of unfinished houses and farm land. Bob had to make sure that there was a school here for the children and his foundation made sure that it was accomplished. It is here that make you realize how much you already have in your life compared to these kids. They don’t have much toys, only through donations, yet they seem very happy running along the street, playing with other kids. No computers, no game consoles or expensive toys to keep them happy like the urban kids.
We finally arrived to his house and final resting place. Once we got off the bus, we were able to smell the “vegetation” already. Right by the wall, there was a little hole where a guy poke his head out and showed the selection of vegetation to purchase. It was expensive! Our tour guide was definitely high, he denied it and said it was leftover from yesterday, yeah right. The tour itself was not that long. First, they try to make you buy this Jamaica shot – 3 colours, green, red and yellow and then they light it to flame. But for $10 per shot, that is steep! I think out of the group, only 3 people had it. Failed!
Finally, the real tour begins. First, a room housing the piano he used, and album covers of his platinum sales, memorabilia etc. And then followed by some performers singing the good old Bob Marley songs. Our tour guide joined along as well. That took up a long time too but the people were very into it, singing along with the tunes.
Next we walked up the hill of Zion to the house where he grew up in. The house was very very tiny. Basically, probably the size of my bedroom. There was a chair in the living room and that’s about it. The bedroom, just big enough to fit a small child bed. Outside, there was the kitchen where it was an outdoor stove. And there also lies his special thinking rock where he has come up with his music. We also saw the church where his mother is resting in peace as well as Bob’s chapel.
That was basically the tour, realistically, the tour should be only worth $30 max. But now I can say that I saw where Bob Marley grew up.