I think when most people hear Casper, WY they think of a little podunk town in the middle of nowhere. I always like to educate people by explaining to them that no, in fact, Casper is the second largest town in the whole state and even has a mall (one of two in the state) and two WalMarts! Yeah, I know. It’s a pretty happening place. Sometimes the above explanation doesn’t quite convince people (I don’t understand why either, people are silly) and so I always tell of the 7 wonders of Casper*. This works like a charm. After hearing of the clock that no one sees, the egg beater, etc…people are easily convinced of Casper’s coolness.
It is now my aim to show you the awesomeness of Madibira with its seven wonders.
#1 The waterfall that nobody sees-
This is the waterfall in the mountains that no one sees (if you couldn’t guess by the title). Mostly people don’t see it because I get lost every time I try to take people here. I know, follow the river, how hard can it be? Apparently for me, hard.
#2 Sketchy Bridge-
There are actually a few of these around. I am picking this one because I think it is the sketchiest but still passable bridge. I often manage to find the sketchy bridge and not the waterfall, so I’ve climb over it many a time. It is a little frightening, but has always done its job in my presence
#3 Texas Chipsi-
Chipsi mayai is one of my favorite dishes in Tanzania. It is just like an egg omelet with french fries INSIDE it. Why haven’t we thought of this yet in America?? Anyways Gifti, the chef at Texas Chipsi, makes (objectively) one of the best chipsi mayais in the country. Not only does he mix french fries into the egg, but he also goes the extra mile mixing chili sauce, skewered meat, onions, carrots, and green peppers into it. It is delicious, to say the least. Karibuni all to try.
#4 The rice scheme-
In short, this crazy irrigation project which leases out land to villagers who want to grow rice. My village is pretty famous for its rice. The scheme is HUGE and where you can find everyone around this time of year.
#5 Lookout point-
Known in the village as the Vodacom cell phone tower, this tower on a small hill serves me two purposes:
- It keeps me found. As long as I can see the tower I know where I am
- It offers wonderful views of the area (Mahango, Mkunywa, the rice scheme) especially at sunset
Also if you go at night, the lights of Mahango form the shape of Africa if you squint really really hard…but not really.
#6 The church-
This is this beautiful church in my village. It was built in maybe 1897 (I just made that up slightly, but sometime in the 1800’s), which is crazy! I mean, think about the infrastructure in America in the 1800’s, now imagine what Africa would have been like…”how did they build this?”: the question I ask every time I pass it. They let me climb all the way to the top of the bell tower a few months ago, which offered some pretty fantastic views. It is also in the primary school’s history books. We be famous.
#7 The amount of things available
This has always been a wonder to me, but I live pretty far out there on a dirt road. The closest electricity line is maybe 3 hours by car (if you’re going fast) and the large amount of produce, televisions (not having electricity doesn’t stop anyone), and other goods that I can just pick up is amazing. If I got an ATM and a person to stock peanut butter I’d probably never leave.
*If you are interested in learning more about the 7 Wonders of Casper, check out page 19: