Moxie Abroad

Getting in Touch

Moxie Abroad: Getting in Touch is a blog Bojana Started to document her time spent on her 2019-2020 Fulbright researching access in the arts in the Czech Republic. It comes form the viewpoint of a person living with low vision navigating a new city on her own, immersing herself in the art and culture of the place and learning to navigate different social attitudes towards disability . The blog was paused after Coklyat was evacuated from her town due to the Covid 19 pandemic. https://moxieabroad.com/

 
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Homeword Bo!

Warning! This blog post is coming to you from Heathrow airport and I am dictating everything! I am also writing this within 24 Hours Traveling straight. At this point, I have four more hours of waiting and then a six hour flight… let’s take a look at what it’s like traveling internationally while living with low vision shall we??? Foggy in Prague-y Was so foggy, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to navigate!This is the street outside of my flat in Prague, on my way to

Food Story: Tasting It All

Foooood!! It helps us survive and we all love it AND it’s also the “method” I used to familiarize myself to the city ofBrno. It’s one that includes seeking out as many new eateries as I could find. Part of this was for fun but the other was to push myself to learn to navigate better. Finding a new place to experience also helped get me out of the apartment and into the community. I wasn’t having super meaningful conversations but I was meeting some new people and having shor

Will the Real Crip,Please NOT Stand Up?

I had initially been planning to write about all the food places I’ve been able to check out while being here in Brno but something happened that I felt was more pressing to write about. It’s something that I find really upsetting and vile. In short, the way I’ve been living my life didn’tadd up to the stereotypes of disability for some folks. Accusations of disabled people “faking” aren’t anything particular to the Czech Republic but, there is a very different disability his

Time to Bust Out My Patronus

Maybe I will save the Byzantine processes of setting up a Czech phone and bank account for when I really need to vent about administrative details. Instead this post will have you all wading around in the moments before I” leapt “and “waited for the net to appear”. Getting around Brno was really the well from which most of my anxiety sprung. Back home, I was pretty fearless.  I’m not afraid of the NYC subway, it’s afraid of ME! There are always those knuckle heads who are on

Traveling Blind is Like Crowd Surfing Naked

One of my sisters sent me a message recently about this trip. Amongst the advice and concern was an insightful sentence she wrote, “One thing is for certain, you have cleared away any stagnation in your life, right?”. Yes, big sister, you are indeed extremely right! Before this trip, Mike and I probably had fallen in to the typical committed relationship routine. It’s hard being active when you have the person you enjoy being with the most at home while grub hub and Netflix a

Leaving the Jersey Shyer

A Little Coklyat and a Dash of Gibran Sometimes, a quote can just say all you need in one line, “For even those who limp, go not backwards.”, written by Khalil Gibran. I come from a family of quote lovers. My dad, “Success is 1% inspiration and 200% perspiration.” He’d write them down and then put them up around the apartment. To inspire himself and me and my brother.  As an adult, I found my own, and used them sometimes in my art and of course on Myspace many moons ago but n

Imagine if Princess Leia was Blind…and Living in a Country Far, Far Away…

This blog may not be as exciting as following the exploits of an intergalactic rebellion, but I CAN tell you that my blog will at least have you chuckling and sometimes raising an eyebrow in interest. This is my first blog where the main focus is writing, and this is my first post. While I’m weaving in a lot of humor into this blog, I am documenting something I take very seriously. I’m here in the Czech Republic on a Fulbright Student Research Grant, focusing on access in the