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!
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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
“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[…]
“I don’t know where I’m going” – The Waves. Since this website’s inception in December 2016, I decided that each month for the first year until December 2017, I will allow my readers (YOU!!) to control my destiny. If you have seen my page on parts of Poland visited, you will know it is very Read more about May 2017 Poll: Control My Destiny – Where Should Jonny (NI Man in Poland) Go Next?[…]
In 2015, I first crossed the border from Poland to the Ukraine. My journey began in Krakow and I took a night train which passed through Rzeszow (where I head next) and I ended up in dreamy Lviv. As well as touring Lviv, I also loved the country’s capital city, Kiev and I went on Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Ukrainian Evening at Klub Dialogu, Nowy Świat, Warszawa[…]
Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Oh He Can’t Believe It Can He? Northern Ireland 3-1 Poland, February 1991
Another in my football series today as I reflect on a 26 year old story for Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce! From today in Warsaw, we teleport back to Belfast in 1991! The first time I saw my country, Northern Ireland win a match while I was there was this one in February Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Oh He Can’t Believe It Can He? Northern Ireland 3-1 Poland, February 1991[…]
On my journey through Poland’s Pomerania region, next on the hit list fell to the charming town of Pelplin in Kociewie. This is so off the wall, I felt like I had climbed over it and landed in an alien garden. This town is tiny and perfect for a long term Northern Irish backpacker keen Read more about My Stay at the Hotel Nad Wierzycą, Only Hotel in Holy Pelplin, Kociewie[…]
I am VERY VERY excited to finally release this travel article to you all!! It may have taken me 10 months to finally concoct, compile and release this party feature on Gdańsk, but better late than never as I reflect on my current favourite 20 bars in the Stare Miasto (Old Town) of Gdańsk. Of Read more about Piątkowe Picie: My Favourite 20 Bars in Gdańsk Stare Miasto, Ultimate Drinking Guide[…]
Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Touring Poland’s Quirky Kashubia Region, My Wedding Stay at Hotel Kozi Grod, Pomlewo
When I first heard about the Kashubia region of Poland, I was very much intrigued! Kashubia is part of the Pomorskie region but is in itself, almost like a country within a country. Its boundaries are not clear or set in stone, but certainly my first visit to any kind of Kashubian territory was when Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Touring Poland’s Quirky Kashubia Region, My Wedding Stay at Hotel Kozi Grod, Pomlewo[…]
In the Series “Porady Wizowe”, I aim to inspire more Polish based people to travel the world by highlighting ways to get visas. I have over 10 years of visa experience, which I detailed thoroughly on the visa section of my defunct travel blog. Having been based in Poland for the last 10 months or Read more about Porady Wizowe: How to Get a Mongolian Visa in Warszawa[…]
“Dry your eyes mate” – Mike Skinner. It is always an emotional return for me to cities I backpacked through before I started my new life in Poland. As a tourist, I visited Poland 4 times before moving here. One of those trips saw a train journey to the popular city of Kraków. At the Read more about Hotel Review: My Emotional Return to Kraków and My Cosy Stay at the Ibis Kraków Centrum[…]
“I want a kebab” – Adam Topolski. Come to Warsaw and eat kebabs? Yes please! A city for sure to give you some of the tastiest kebabs you will ever try. Really really really! A flashback to my twenties recently as Rafal Kowalczyk took me to a “kebab house to cure our hangovers” and suddenly Read more about Smaczne Środy: Indulging in the Tasty Menus of Kebab King, Warszawa[…]