Missing Out on Modern Electrical Conveniences in Cyprus

When we decided to live in this apartment, there were several things going for this place: location to Piano Man’s school, location to the local market, and location to Prof’s work. I guess realtors are right when they say it’s all about location, location, location.


But we also knew that we would be living without certain modern conveniences:

–       toaster oven

–       microwave

–       blender

I miss the toaster oven to toast a pizza or fries without having to turn the whole oven on. I miss the blender to puree the mixture to make kimchee or apple sauce (which there are none in Cyprus). But the one modern convenience I miss is the microwave.


Oh the microwave was a modern miracle back in the late 1940s/1950s.  How those June Cleaver-type women enjoyed the convenience of making quick meals at home.

I felt like I had withdrawal symptoms.  But like all things, you get used to it. The landlady provided an electric tea kettle, which we make our morning coffee in an instant. And for everything else, we heat it up the old fashioned way via electric stove.

I know what some of you are thinking, “Really? Just go out and buy one, why don’t you?” I would have, but after a few weeks, I got used to heating things up on the stove or tea kettle. And chopping/mincing by hand seemed pretty gratifying too. For example, we learned that fresh garlic makes our food taste so much better than the pre-minced jar stuff we used to buy at Costco.

Remember when we tried to live without rice cooker? That didn’t last long. Here was the lesson learned: “Don’t mess with an Asian person and his/her rice.” Some things are worth buying.


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