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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
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[…]
Welcome to the latest in my series of Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę (Why we love Poland) where I interview people (both Polish and non-Polish) who have a love for Poland, and normally work here, blog about it or share photos from Poland. The latest lady to feature is fab travel blogger Ania who runs the site Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Ania From Travel Bred[…]
“In Dublin’s fair city where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on Sweet Molly Malone” – Irish Folk Song. The British, Portuguese, French and Dutch all travelled the world invading other countries and cultures and trying to tell them how to run them, at times killing and enslaving locals. Truth hurts Read more about Piątkowe Picie: Top 5 Irish Pubs in Warsaw (Warszawa)[…]
Being based in Poland makes it so so easy to travel abroad by train these days. From Warszawa Centralna station (the main international train station in the country), you can get direct trains to around 10 different countries now. There is even a daily train that goes all the way to Nice in France, passing Read more about City Escapes From Poland: Prague, Czech Republic[…]
Poland sits proud and strong as the European Union country in which people ordinarily get married younger than the rest, for better or worse. While this is one of the great lesser known facts I shared about Poland, it also allows less life time for flirtation and raunchiness prior to the engagement and wedding. I Read more about Adult Dating in Poland: Hit, Miss and Może Być (Might Be)[…]
Previously, it was difficult to fathom the possibility of managing one’s business from a foreign country. What is truly remarkable is that now, this reality is actually a foreseeable possibility and this is not just my third year living in Poland, but another location on my digital nomad lifestyle. For the small business owner that Read more about Pracujące Poniedziałki: Travel Writer in Poland – How to Manage Your Business from Abroad[…]
“Winter leaves still make me believe; no vendettas, just a cherry blossom tree” – Nicky Wire. I first visited Poland in March 2005 as a shy and daunted 24 year old watching my country, Northern Ireland play against Poland in a World Cup qualifier. At the time I had been living in England for around Read more about The Troubles Of Relocating to Poland[…]
“I’ll be misunderstood by the beautiful and good in this city” – Robbiego Williamowski. Every year on the 17th March, people all over the world come together to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Here in Poland it is known as Dzien Świętego Patryka and I have celebrated this day Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: 17 Things You Didn’t Know About Saint Patrick (Święty Patryk)[…]
“All these places feel like home” – Snow Patrol (Northern Irish rock band). I recently wrote about things in Northern Ireland which are actually Polish. But does it work the opposite? What is there here in Poland that is exclusively Northern Irish? And I don’t mean British, UK-ish, Great Britain-ish or Irish. I mean strictly Read more about 10 Things in Poland That Are Actually Northern Irish[…]
I don’t write about Kraków often, I admit it. It’s never been my favourite Polish city, nor even in my top 10, but it does grow on me with each visit and I plan to return again a few times in 2019. In fact, last year I visited Kraków about 8 or 9 times, sometimes for Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Kraków’s City Symbol, the Dragon[…]