MAGICZNE MIASTA – MAGIC TOWNS
Check out Jonny’s Magical Towns, Cities and Villages. Jonny’s 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 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!” #smacznysroda
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
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
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
Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching Football in a Speedway Stadium in Gdańsk!! GKP Wybrzeze 2-1 Gryf Goręczyno
In my ongoing football series, in Polish known as Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce, I aim to write about as many cool and crazy football experiences as I can in Poland. My link to Polish football stems from the fact that my first ever Northern Ireland home win was against Poland in 1991 and Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching Football in a Speedway Stadium in Gdańsk!! GKP Wybrzeze 2-1 Gryf Goręczyno[…]
“Oh, it’s like an animal farm, lots of rural charm in the country. He’s got morning glory and life’s a different story” – Damon Albarn (1995, Blur’s “Country House”). When you wander through nonchalant, unknown, yellow, rapeseed oil fields on a hot and gorgeous day in a Poland spring, you can feel the joys of life Read more about Magiczne Miasta: Top 10 Backpacking Sights in Little Kokoszkowy, Rural Charm of Kociewie[…]
“In the beginning, when we were winning, when the smiles were genuine” – Manic Street Preachers. It’s been ages since I moved to Poland, (10 months!!) and I still believe that we are all perpetual students until the day we die. We are always learning, always studying. We are forever on a learning cycle on Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My Intensive Polish Course at Learn Polish in Gdańsk[…]
“I’m not sure if it ever works out right, but it’s OK, it’s alright” – Noel Gallagher. On the narrowest street of Old Town Warszawa, I find myself in Before Bar. It’s not the first time I’ve been here – if you’ll excuse the pun, I’ve been here “Before”. Here’s the bar – https://www.facebook.com/Before-430725563687797/ I’m here for Read more about Smaczne Środy: Polish Tatar at Before Bar, Stare Miasto, Warszawa[…]
“It’s never too late to make a brand new start” – Paul Weller. The first news is that I am back studying, my website is back working and I am learning Polish again!!! Depression dominated my life in the last year in the wake of meeting travel friends who were nasty and lied to me Read more about Pracujące Poniedziałki: Starting Again – Studying Polish at Klub Dialogu, Nowy Świat, Warszawa[…]
My return to Poland for my fourth visit meant a first time arrival in Gdańsk and a new place to live. It was unexpected to many including myself. I honestly never meant to move to Poland, nor Gdansk! However perhaps it was fate, this was a city that interested me through the years for many Read more about Hostel Review: My Inspiring Stay at Hostel Cycle On in Gdańsk[…]
“I get so high, I just can’t feel it” – Noel Gallagher. Recently I decided to experience something new, fun and exciting in Warszawa, Poland especially for my Dziwaczne Odkrycia series. I went Indoor Sky Diving with Tinggly and Flyspot! You might have read my preview post, and now I bring you an overview of Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Indoor Sky Diving With Tinggly at Flyspot, Mory, Warszawa[…]
Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching LKS Perła Złotokłos in the Polish Sixth Division
“Some kind of groundhopping adventure” – Rafał Kowalczyk. My football adventures in Poland continued as I keep up a long term tradition of “ground hopping”. I visited over 50 football stadiums in England during my time living there, as a charismatic Cherry (AFC Bournemouth fan) and keen “3pm Saturday Standard” follower. I have also attended Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching LKS Perła Złotokłos in the Polish Sixth Division[…]
This week will see me experience something new, fun and exciting in Warszawa, Poland! I am going to be going Indoor Sky Diving with Tinggly and Flyspot! This post is just a preview, post event I will write about my experience! It should be an exciting adventure, you can follow it on my Facebook Page Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Indoor Sky Diving With Tinggly in Warszawa – Preview[…]
“You’ve got a feeling lost inside. It just won’t let you go” – Noel Gallagher. Tczew in the Kociewie region of Poland’s Pomorskie Province is not a totally obvious tourist resort, nor even a top drinking town for my Piątkowe Picie, Drinking Friday adventures. But as most of you know, I prefer to visit towns, Read more about Piątkowe Picie: Touring the Bars and Cafes in Tczew, Kociewie[…]