REGULAR FEATURES/REGULARNE OPOWIEśCI
MAGICZNE MIASTA – MAGIC TOWNS
Check out Jonny’s Magical Towns, Cities and Villages. Jonny goes away from the obvious haunts to bring you some tales of sublime towns and villages you may not have heard of. Inspired by his travel friends down the years, Jonny ended up in Biskupiec, Kokoszkowy Zlotoklos and Starogard Gdański long before his backpack toured Lublin or Wrocław. #magicznemiasta
NIGDY WIęCEJ WOJNY – NO MORE WAR
In the “Nigdy Więcej Wojny/ No More War” Series, Jonny delves deep and peacefully into Poland’s horrific past, bringing a sense of new found freedom amongst a destructive history. You can read here about the horrible German Death Camps in Poland and the Communist eras. #germandeathcamps #nigdywięcejwojny
Smaczne Środy- TASTY WEDNESDAYS
Jonny’s Wednesday Series called “Smaczne Środy” features Jonny’s food experiences within Poland. While Pierogi, Zurek and Bigos do feature (and he loves the Polish cuisine), you may also see Jonny munching a Vegan Burger, a Turkish kebab or even an Ulster Fry in his latest country of residence. “Down your neck”, “Smacznego!” #SmaczneŚrody #smacznego
PIąTKOWE PICIE – THIRSTY FRIDAYS
Jonny tours Poland’s finest independently run cafes, bars, pubs, brewhouses and clubs to bring you an alternative collection of “wacaday” (lunatical) places to hang out when your backpack hits Poland. Think locally run real ale houses, dive bars, quirky cafes and PRL-based pubs and less of your capitalist trash. Good night Ratsbux, Dzien dobry Kraftodajnia! #piątkowepicie
Dziwaczne Odkrycia – Quirky Encounters
In Dziwaczne Odkrycia – Quirky Encounters, Jonny delves into the absurd, obscure and wacaday things to do in Poland. You’ll end up reading about things like indoor sky diving, nude beaches, countries that you’ve never heard of (which border Poland) and anything extraordinary that catches Jonny’s eye. #dziwaczneodkrycia #quirkyencounters
Regularly, Jonny gives you a “Poland Poll” where YOU can vote to control Jonny’s Destiny. For 2017 Jonny set a target to visit every Polish province, in 2018, it was UNESCO sites…tune into the Sidebar to register your vote! #polandpoll #controljonny
Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce – Football Stories
Jonny’s first trip to Poland was inspired by football. A keen supporter of Northern Ireland, Glentoran and AFC Bournemouth, Jonny chose Klub Piłkarski Starogard and Legia Warszawa as two Polish teams he follows, inspired by the legend that is Kazik Deyna. Jonny is a groundhopper and writes about his football trips inside Poland! #football #pilkanozna #ŚmieszneHistorieoPiłceNożnejwPolsce
Pracujące Poniedziałki – Working Mondays
As well as writing about Poland for himself, Jonny works tirelessly promoting Poland, working for various companies and also learns Polish while teaching English. Expect to read about hotels, tour companies, English teaching, volunteering and travel writing. #PracującePoniedziałki
Who is Northern Irishman in Poland?
Having worked with Polish friends in 2004 - 2005 in Bournemouth, England, Jonny finally arrived in Poland in 2005, aged 24. Since then he has returned many times, displaying a passionate and unblemished love for the country. This is evident in his writing detailing his crazy journeys through beautiful Poland. Come and meet this dude for a Ciemne Piwo or a Dobra Kawa. #northernirishmaninpoland #jonnyblair #dontstopliving
Jonny is a hardcore backpacker and tourist. His tips are passionate and real.
Jonny loves a Ciemne Piwo or a Kawa z Mlekiem
Jonny does some crazy things on his journeys. Read his antics here!
Read about Jonny's career working in Poland and beyond
German Death Camps
Transferring money abroad as an immigrant
Jonny, like other immigrants in his position, knows that transferring money from the UK overseas via banks will incur massive fees, for no good reason. To discover the best alternatives for high-street banks, Jonny uses Money Transfer Comparison, a review and comparison site focused on this space.
View MoneyTransferComparison’s International Transfers Guide using this link.
Managing an online business in Poland
How to manage your business from abroad.
Jonny in the Polish Media
Jonny Blair is a popular Northern Irish travel writer who has appeared in the Sun, BBC, Ulster Television and the Belfast Telegraph in his homeland, Northern Ireland. Jonny has now appeared in Polish media too.
Jonny's Recent Stories
Thinking back to my time working in England in the UK always reminds me of working with Polish people in so many different jobs from bars, to hotels, to ferries to offices! Since Poland joined the European Union in 2004, the amount of people moving countries to work has grown tremendously. Personally, I left Northern Read more about Job Opportunities For Polish People in the UK[…]
Welcome to the latest in my series of Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę (Why we love Poland) where I interview people (both Polish and non-Polish) who have a love for Poland, and normally work here, blog about it or share photos from Poland. The latest blogger to feature is Steven who runs the site Finding Poland. If you also Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Steven From Finding Poland[…]
Football prepares to start again in Poland tonight, with the Miedź Legnica – Legia Warszawa cup match tonight (26th May 2020). This is one of the remaining two quarter final ties in a tournament which only had 5 matches left to run, when the country shut down due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. While that match Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Polish World Cup Winners[…]
Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Introducing Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza, Europe’s Smallest Ever Top Flight Football Club
“The only way is up, baby. For you and me now” – Yazz. As a football fan, this story and this adventure was one of my most exciting groundhopping trips in the last few years, so apologies for the delay in including it in my series, Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce (Football Adventures Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Introducing Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza, Europe’s Smallest Ever Top Flight Football Club[…]
Even though I have a lot of blog posts unwritten, for this blog and for my other blogs and sites, this 9 week (and counting) period of isolation hasn’t meant non-stop blogging or a catch up on all those unfinished blogs! That is still a huge work in progress for me. As a work hungry Read more about Isolation Q & A With Jonny – Northern Irishman in Poland Połnocny Irlandczyk w Polsce[…]
“A Warsaw thriller down by the river” – Ulsterczyk. I haven’t read many books recently but two that I have were both Poland related and absolute thrillers that would make for fantastic films! In 2018, I started reading Jan by Peter Haden. It is a fabulous book about a Polish lad who grew up before Read more about Nigdy Więcej Wojny: Book Review of The Fourth Courier by Timothy Jay Smith[…]
“Is this the way to Legia Warsaw? Every night I’ve been eating my coleslaw” – Northern Ireland fans (2005). First of all today is my birthday! Sto lat, happy birthday to me! Ask me fifteen years ago today as my train rolled into the Polish capital city of Warszawa if I expected to live here Read more about Reminiscing My Birthday: My First Ever Visit to Poland, 15 Years Ago Today[…]
“Burn the bridges as you’ve gone, I’m too weak to fight ye. I got my personal hell to deal with” – Peter Cunnah. Northern Ireland still remains unknown to many people around the world and it constantly shocks me why more people didn’t read Atlases, study world history or look at a map when they Read more about 10 Iconic Northern Irish Pop (ular) Songs You Need To Listen To[…]
“A constellation once seen over Royal David’s City. An epiphany you burn so pretty, yeah you are a shining light ” (Shining Light). Superlatives cannot really do any justice here. I’m stuck to writing emotional wordbooms from my Ulster inspired heart today. This is a high in life. Here goes. If your life gets any Read more about Northern Irish Rock Band Ash Thrill the Crowd on Their Polish Debut at Hydrozagadka, Warszawa[…]
As an immigrant in Poland, I try my best to fit into the lifestyle here. This can be tricky with a new language, new culture, new traits and norms and new people around me. However I am a people person and I have a lot of Polish friends, as well as friends in places like Read more about Finding Love Abroad: Dating Ideas for Immigrants[…]