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
The latest lady to feature in my Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę (Why Do We Love Poland?) series is Anna Mashevskaya, who is a Gdańsk based photographer. Anna and I have connected on Social media over the last two years since we share a love for Poland and especially Gdańsk. I was also intrigued that Anna was born in a country Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Anna Mashevskaya Photographer[…]
Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Backpacking in San Escobar, Another Country That Doesn’t Really Exist, But is Recognised By Witold Waszczykowski
How do you “go backpacking” in a country that doesn’t exist? And anyway who, what, where, why, how is San Escobar? Is it a country? I mean it has a flag, a Wikipedia Page and a Facebook Page for starters…and this week on the 10th January 2018, the country SAN ESCOBAR celebrated its FIRST birthday! Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Backpacking in San Escobar, Another Country That Doesn’t Really Exist, But is Recognised By Witold Waszczykowski[…]
In my monthly “Poland Poll” series it is YOU who controls my destiny. You dictate where I go with your votes. In the past this has led to sky diving, nude beaches, holy pilgrimages, the horrors of Hitler’s hideout and the floral village of Zalipie. It has all been incredible so thanks for your votes Read more about Poland Poll: Control My Destiny – Where Should Jonny Go in February 2018?[…]
“I’ve too too busy lately that I haven’t had the time” – Blur. The irony of my “Pracujące Poniedziałki / Working Mondays” feature is that i have been too busy working to actually post about my jobs and my life!! For a few years now, I wrote about different jobs l did on my 15 Read more about Pracujące Poniedziałki: Working Mondays, You’ve Been Too Busy Lately You Haven’t Had The Time[…]
To all my friends in Poland, my readers and everyone else who I know and who reads, Happy Three Kings Day! This is the Dzien Trzech Króli in Poland dedicated to Kaspar, Melchior and Balthazar, the three wise men who visited Jesus at his birth. I will not be going to the parade this year in Read more about Happy Three Kings Days (Dzien Trzech Króli) and My Month Off Alcohol[…]
It was an absolute delight to be invited to the town of Koscian for a charity football tournament in December 2017. Sometimes I pinched myself to check if this was really happening. But it was, it was game on, perhaps my series “Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce” had some kind of purpose in Read more about Magiczne Miasta: Backpacking in Kościan by Night[…]
“It’s all too beautiful” – The Small Faces. “Where is Zalipie?” Was a common question from even my Polish friends. Nobody knew what or where it was, but thanks to two travel blog articles I had read, I included this place in my Reader Vote for October 2017, unaware it would actually win the vote Read more about Magiczne Miasta: Touring the Beautiful Flower Covered Village of Zalipie[…]
Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My Polish A to Z! Can I Visit A Polish Settlement With Every Letter of the Polish Alphabet?
I love to set myself challenges in life. On here, last year in January, I started a Reader Vote / Poland Poll every month to dictate my destiny for the following month. Having been coping with severe depression and dealing with liars the last 18 months, the excitement of others controlling my upcoming tourist jaunts Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My Polish A to Z! Can I Visit A Polish Settlement With Every Letter of the Polish Alphabet?[…]
Wesołych Swiąt: A Year of Połnocny Irlandczyk w Polsce Merry Christmas everyone. Wesołych Swiąt! Today is exactly one year since I started this new site. As 2017 comes to an end, I find it hard to believe my new project, Połnocny Irlandczyk w Polsce, is a year old and has gone from strength to strength. Read more about Wesołych Swiąt: Merry Christmas and A Year of Połnocny Irlandczyk w Polsce[…]
So as the year comes to a close and I achieved my mission of visiting every Province of Poland by the end of December it is time to start my next challenge in 2018…Last week in Białystok I finally made it to Podlaskie Province, so have now backpacked to these places: Full List of my visited Read more about Poland Poll: Control My Destiny – Vote For My First Trip of 2018[…]