NORTHERN IRISHMAN IN POLAND - PÓŁNOCNO IRLANDCZYK W POLSCE

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Jonny tells it how it is - he's a top drawer travel writer who converts what he sees with his eyes and feels with his heart into what he writes with his pen. Expect ice cool regular features from life living in Poland as a passionate Ulsterman. This is the second best country in Europe (after Northern Ireland). Jonny has travelled to 136 countries in 14 years but somehow, POLSKA is his home.
Go to MAGICZNE MIASTA – MAGIC TOWNS

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

Go to NIGDY WIęCEJ WOJNY – NO MORE WAR

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

Go to Smaczne Środy- TASTY WEDNESDAYS

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

Go to PIąTKOWE PICIE – THIRSTY FRIDAYS

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

Cover Photo: Jonny Blair became the first backpacking tourist to write about Starogard Gdański, when he toured in July 2016.

Who is Northern Irishman in Poland?

Learn more about your passionate author, Jonny Blair
Jonny's journey to 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

Jonny's Stories

Jonny Blair loves Poland. Here are some of his favourite cities, towns, villages and locations in Poland.

Gdańsk

Read Jonny’s stories from spending 6 months in the port city of Gdańsk.
Read Jonny’s stories from spending 6 months in the port city of Gdańsk. The Pomeranian capital was once known as the “Free city of Danzig”, the city where the Germans invaded and the place where Lech Wałęsa and Solidarnosc all began. Jonny lived in the Stare Miasto and in Brzezno and raves lyrical about Gdańsk. #visitgdańsk

Warszawa

Read about Jonny’s love for the capital city, Warszawa.
Read about Jonny’s love for the capital city, Warszawa. Starting with his first trip here back in 2005 as a Northern Ireland football fan. Jonny later returned to visit his friends Rafał, Artur and Piotr, penning a poem on the city. By 2017 Jonny had relocated to Warsaw. #visitwarsaw

Poznań

Jonny loves the Stare Miasto in a city he nicknames “Pozzie”: Poznań.
Jonny loves the Stare Miasto in a city he nicknames “Pozzie”: Poznań. Having first visited Pozzie in 2015 inspired by the infamous Ola Mueller, Jonny later came back to do his first live Polish radio interview and to review the bars of the city.#pozzie #olamueller

Starogard Gdański

Jonny’s love for the unknown and lesser conquered, led him to the charming town of Starogard Gdański.
Jonny’s love for the unknown and lesser conquered led him to the charming town of Starogard Gdański. It was here that Jonny was featured in the local newspaper, loved the fact he was the only tourist and ultimately it encouraged Jonny to live in Poland from hereon, influenced by a local girl from Jonny’s trip – Ola Mueller. #ilovestg #starogardgdanski

Bydgoszcz

Jonny backpacked through delightful Bydgoszcz.
Jonny backpacked through delightful Bydgoszcz, uncovering the secret charms of a city dubbed “the Venice of Poland”, while Jonny argues this spot is nicer. On his adventure here, Jonny also chilled out recovering from depression. #bydgoszcz

German Death Camps

Jonny has also toured the German Death Camps in Poland, including Auschwitz, Birkenau and Stutthof.
Jonny has also toured Auschwitz, Birkenau and Stutthof. It is important and essential to understand Polish history and the destructive regime implemented upon Poles by the Germans. #germandeathcamps

Szczecin

Jonny backpacked in Szczecin, again seeking answers for his travelling heart.
Jonny backpacked in Szczecin, again seeking answers for his travelling heart. This city sits right by the German border and gives you a gateway to “the west” but within this misty town lies some intriguing tales. #szczecin

Countryside Towns

Pelplin, Tczew, Biskupiec – Jonny’s quest for the obscure took him to remote, peaceful, tranquil and wonderful towns and villages in Polish countryside.
Pelplin, Tczew, Elblag, Biskupiec, Kuklowka – Jonny’s quest for the obscure took him to remote, peaceful, tranquil and wonderful towns and villages in Polish countryside. Jonny was so amazed by the excellent hospitality here, the tranquility and beauty of rural Poland. #kochampolskę #biskupiec

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

The latest in Jonny's ongoing real life story through Poland

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