The following post is a photographic ode to the love of my life who goes by the name of Zoubi.  Her actual name is Eva but by sheer intention and non-stop repetition everyone knows her and calls her Zoubi – even her grandmother.

Why Zoubi? Her birth, roughly 5 and a half years ago, coincided with a very popular Greek television show, in which there was a zaftig character who went by the name of Zouboulia.  Incidentally, when Eva was born she was a round, fluffy ball of baby flesh – the type of baby that you wanted to nuzzle and pinch and kiss all day long.  A  zaftig baby, if you will.  And so we nicknamed her Zouboulia.  And from Zouboulia, a Zoubi was born.  If you call her “Zoubi” to ask her something, she will turn to you, attitude turned to the max and say “my name is not Zoubi!”

And so you will ask her “Ok, what is your name, then?”  “It’s Eva Zoubi.”  Needless to say, I think Zoubi is here to stay, much to her parents’ chagrin.

She’s a ball of energy, sass, precociousness, and attitude.  Sometimes she talks to fast I can barely understand what she’s trying to say to me.  She’s as stubborn as a mule and she likes to get her way.  But she is still as pinchable and kissable as the day she was born.

Rock on wit yo bad self, Zoubi.


Sass to the max.

Trying to cheer her up after a crying bout.



Learning to do a cartwheel on her own!

Dressed as a traditional village girl for a school play.



About Voula (http://expatuncensored.com)

I'm a 31-year old woman living in beautiful Nafplio, Greece for the past two years. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there up until the big move two years ago. Lets just say I'm an Oak-town girl at heart. I'm also a Greek girl at heart. And so that's a challenge. My brain may live in Greece but it still thinks in English - it makes things very interesting. I live with my younger brother in our parent's house in Nafplio and four months out of the year we revert back to teenagers when my parents visit the homeland for the summer. Talk about a life-altering situation. I also have a younger sister who is newly married and newly pregnant. We all look normal from the outside, but just like any family, we have our internal craziness going on. I work seasonally at a seaside hotel in Tolo, Greece. By "seasonally"I mean I work May-October and I sit on my fancy little butt the rest of the year. It is, as we would say in California, a pretty sweet gig. I try not to take things too seriously, I don't have too much patience for ridiculous people who try to dictate your life. I like quiet, I've never been much of a party girl and really am in awe of people who can just go go go without ever stopping to take a breather. I started this blog as a creative outlet for me to vent, express, observe, share, and perhaps even over-share (as I'm prone to do). Hopefully it will amuse you, interest you, or at the very least make you thank the Heavens that your mind isn't as twisted as mine.

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