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, 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
Every month, 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, some micronations and lots of cities and towns. Tune into the Sidebar once a month 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 Pilkarski 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. 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
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
Poland Poll: No Poll This Month, But A Last Minute Reader Invite to Saint Patrick’s Day in Warsaw (Dzień Świętego Patryka) – TOMORROW!!
“Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night” – Scorpions. I was little more than a Northern Irish 9 year old when the Berlin Wall waved its goodbyes to an unwanted border in 1989 and this world, my world, your world changed forever. As time progressed, I studied Soviet politics, Northern Read more about Poland Poll: No Poll This Month, But A Last Minute Reader Invite to Saint Patrick’s Day in Warsaw (Dzień Świętego Patryka) – TOMORROW!![…]
Living in Poland: How to Find a Flat in Gdańsk In my series living in Poland (Mieszka W Polsce), I share my personal tips on how to adapt to Polish life as a foreigner, tourist and non resident. I’ll try to cover as many aspects as I can for foreigners to help out and I Read more about Mieszka W Polsce: Living in Poland – How to Find a Flat in Gdańsk[…]
The latest lady in my Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę (Why Do We Love Poland?) series to inspire you to visit Poland is Magda from Kids in the City! Magda runs Kids in the City – website (www.kidsinthecity.pl), FB page (www.facebook.com/kidsinthecity.poland) and weekly Newsletter (www.kidsinthecity.pl/sign-up-for-our-weekly-newsletters) dedicated to international families living in Warsaw, bilingual families, and Polish families that Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Magda from Kids in the City![…]
In my series Mieszka W Polsce (Living in Poland), I give detailed and personal experiences from things I do in Poland as a foreigner or immigrant to become part of the culture. I’m not here to change Poland – I love it how it is – I’m here because life took me here and it Read more about Mieszka W Polsce: Living in Poland – How to Buy tickets for Lechia Gdańsk as a Foreigner[…]
“Belaruskie, Belaruskie way oh way!” – Tourists. In my Series “Porady Wizowe“, I aim to inspire more Polish-based people to travel the world by highlighting ways to get visas. I have over 14 years of visa experience, which I detailed thoroughly on the visa section of my now defunct travel blog, Don’t Stop Living. Having Read more about Porady Wizowe: How to Get a Belarus Visa in Warszawa, Poland[…]
Welcome to my latest Poland Poll, where YOU control my destiny and my life each month! This time instead of a where should I go, it’s a what should I do! I am still catching up with myself ahead of my trips to Toruń and Zamość, these polls come thick and fast and I can’t Read more about Poland Poll: What Should Jonny Do in March 2018?[…]
The amount of festivals, holidays, celebrations, wacky days and events in Poland never ever ceases to amaze me. It is a country steeped in endless history and tradition. What is amazing is how all these traditions remain intact and continue to thrive in today’s modernic Polska. In fact, I’d say some of Poland’s festivals get Read more about Tłusty Czwartek: Fat Thursday in Poland, What’s It All About?[…]
The range of hotels and hostels in Poland is growing and I am constantly on the lookout for new and exciting places to stay. When I look back over the times I have spent in this country, I’ve stayed in an eclectic mix of places for sleeps and share five of the coolest ones today. Read more about Five Cool Places I Have Slept in Poland[…]
Today in my Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę (Why Do We Love Poland?) series I feature Anna Sycz who writes a cultural blog called “ I LOVE PIEROGIes” where you can find not only recipes but also a lot of meaningful tips on Poland and Seattle, WA where she now lives. She decided to call her blog Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Anna Sycz From I Love Pierogies[…]
“I’m your biggest fan, I’ll follow you until you love me. Pepper, pepperoni.” – Lady Gaga orders a pizza. While I continue to write about Poland and work hard here promoting it, I once had a love for global travel and wrote daily on a different website called “Don’t Stop Living“. This project seems so Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Follow Northern Irishman in Poland Through 200 Countries[…]