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, Kokoszkowy 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
Regularly, 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, in 2018, it was UNESCO sites…tune into the Sidebar 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 Piłkarski 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 while teaching English. 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
This week by chance I ended up at Waszawa Lotnisko Chopina – Warsaw Chopin Airport. And today, it is exactly a year since I got my last passport stamp and a year since I arrived back in Poland in the middle of the pandemic. I got that passport stamp in Cape Town in South Africa… Read more about A Year Without Leaving Poland: Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina Warsaw Chopin Airport in COVID Times[…]
“Maybe it’s the times we’ve had, the lazy days and the crazes and the fads” – Suede. As a teenager, it was Harp Lager in Bangor, Northern Ireland. In my twenties, I started off drinking continental lagers while based in Bournemouth, England. Late twenties my tipple was always a Guinness. These days, amalgamate the shebang Read more about Piątkowe Picie: The Best Craft Beer Bars in Warszawa[…]
In my series “Mieszka W Polsce” (Living in Poland) I detail all the best ways to organise your life while living here as a foreigner, immigrant and tourist like me. These are all personal first hand posts and experience from my loving honest heart. For anyone living in Warszawa, even just for a few months, Read more about Mieszka W Polsce: How to Get a Basic Warsaw Travel Card (Warszawska Karta Miejska)[…]
My New Book Is Now Available In Poland: Introducing Backpacking Centurion – A Northern Irishman’s Journey Through 100 Countries, Volume 1 – Don’t Look Back in Bangor
“Forever, ever delayed” – Manic Street Preachers. When I started putting my main book project “Backpacking Centurion” together around 2010, the plan was to release the book as a one-off one time book, in 2014 – 2015 just after I had visited my 100th country!! On the 26th March 2015, I boarded a flight from Read more about My New Book Is Now Available In Poland: Introducing Backpacking Centurion – A Northern Irishman’s Journey Through 100 Countries, Volume 1 – Don’t Look Back in Bangor[…]
The village of Białowieża is the gateway to Europe’s last primeval forest, of the same name – here’s a guide to Białowieża. A UNESCO listed world heritage site and protected national park lie in the huge forest behind this tranquil village, which thrives on tourism. Białowieża sits in Poland, right by the border to Belarus Read more about Piątkowe Picie: The Best Cafes in Białowieża, 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 person to feature is Piotr who runs the site Visit Poland. If you also love Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Piotr From Visit Poland[…]
In my ongoing series, Living in Poland (Mieszka W Polsce), I write about everyday experiences and situations living here. Despite the fact that I love living in Poland, not everything is easy here. I have personally had a lot of mishaps and problem situations to go alongside the many advantages of life as an immigrant Read more about Mieszka W Polsce: How To Get A 90 Day Warszawiaka Card[…]
5 Packing Essentials For Anyone Travelling To Poland This Year Poland is a fantastic and unique country that is steeped in history which explains why Poland is such a frequented tourist destination, with over 21 million visitors in 2019 alone! Poland draws tourists from all over the world, and all walks of life thanks to Read more about 5 Essential Items For Anyone Travelling To Poland In 2020[…]
“It’s never too late to make a brand new start” – Paul Weller. Uwaga! (in English) Seriously. I am really bad at learning languages and now into my fourth year living in Poland and yet my Polish language skills are still very low. It’s not like I haven’t tried to learn! Look at the facts Read more about Pracujące Poniedziałki: Polish Only September, Cały Wrzesień Po Polsku[…]
Poland is a surprisingly good country for finding tasty and meaty kebabs, and not just good kebabs, but great value kebabs packed with a range of meat and freshly sourced vegetables. With over one hundred kebab joints in the city, Warsaw has no shortage of venues to sample the famous Middle Eastern fast food speciality. Read more about Smaczne Środy: The Best Kebab Joints in Warszawa[…]