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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
Transferring money abroad as an immigrant
Jonny, like other immigrants in his position, knows that transferring money from the UK overseas via banks will incur massive fees, for no good reason. To discover the best alternatives for high-street banks, Jonny uses Money Transfer Comparison, a review and comparison site focused on this space.
View MoneyTransferComparison’s International Transfers Guide using this link.
Managing an online business in Poland
How to manage your business from abroad.
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
“I woke up sleeping on a train that was bound for nowhere” – Noel Gallagher. I first arrived into wondrous Warszawa back in March 2005. I was here on tour with the GAWA (Northern Ireland football fans, “Green and White Army”). On that trip, I arrived into Warszawa by train from Berlin in Germany. It Read more about Why Are There Five Central Train Stations in Warszawa?[…]
Groundhopping began in earnest again as I clocked up my 6th and 7th football stadiums in Warszawa on the same day, pumping my Polish stadium visits to over 20, 15 of which I’ve now watched a match in. Just for fun, just for groundhopping and often another entry for this series, Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Sparta Marki 1-7 Victoria Warszawa in Białołęka[…]
Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Jaguar II Gdańsk 9-0 UKS Klukowo, Watching The Airport Derby in Gdańsk
“As the day was dawning, my plane flew away” – Noel Gallagher. As a groundhopping football geek, I am always up for a new and exciting match, the crazier and more random the better. On Sunday morning, at 11 a.m. on 25th August 2019, it was time for another cool football experience in Poland, in Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Jaguar II Gdańsk 9-0 UKS Klukowo, Watching The Airport Derby in Gdańsk[…]
Finding love in Poland? Is It Easy For Immigrants? Short answer is no. In fact, it’s very difficult in my opinion. Despite being able to speak a bit of Polish, and the fact that most Polish ladies I meet speak good English, there are other issues. Love can be found anywhere of course, and who Read more about Finding love in Poland? Is It Easy For Immigrants?[…]
Traveling and seeing the world is the dream of almost every person. Traveling is a lot of fun, and as you know, it is also expensive to travel. But you know, it doesn’t have to be. In my years of travel, I have found that there are many tricks and tips that can help you Read more about How to Become a Master Traveller? A Budget-Friendly Guide![…]
“I woke up sleeping on a train that was bound for nowhere” – Noel Gallagher. People often ask me how and why I travel around Poland so much. Well, firstly I want to see the country I live in. And secondly (thirdly and fourthly) it is cheap, fast and easy to travel around this country. Read more about How To Travel Cheaply In Poland: Weekend Unlimited Ticket, Bilet Weekendowy[…]
Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching the Exciting Polish Ladies Season Climax, Górnik Łęczna v. Medyk Konin
In my ongoing “football geek” (Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce) adventures, it was time to watch a Polish ladies match and we picked a brilliant match to attend. This match we went to in June 2019 in the city of Łęczna (near Lublin), had a history dating back to 2017… Back in December Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching the Exciting Polish Ladies Season Climax, Górnik Łęczna v. Medyk Konin[…]
First of all, is dating in Poland any different from other countries? While frankly speaking, yes it is. To begin with, Polish people get married younger than any other nationality in the European Union, one of the facts I shared a while back. Secondly, it is a staunchly Catholic country which means strict weddings and Read more about How To Stay Safe in Poland During Niche Dating Endeavours[…]
When I started my Poland Poll series in early 2017, I was doing one reader vote and poll per month. It was an exciting first year for me in Poland, with my blog being recognised on Polish websites, two radio interviews, a Podcast and numerous newspaper appearances. I was really enjoying it! As the months Read more about Poland Poll: Where Should Jonny Go in July 2019?[…]
On my quest to visit as many provinces and UNESCO heritages sites in Poland as possible, many thought I’d skip some obvious cities on the way. Indeed, I did. I hadn’t even stepped foot in Płock until September 2018 so it was finally time! If you are a tourist here, be aware that Płock is Read more about Piątkowe Picie: My Favourite Bars and Cafes in Płock, Poland[…]