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
Hey everyone! Apologies for not updating this blog so much recently. Life has been so busy. I have been inundated with new projects, I backpacked to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Greece and am planning more adventures to try and keep myself happy. But after a month off the Poland Poll, I am still playing catch Read more about Poland Poll: What Should Jonny Do in May 2018?[…]
So you might have read that Poland has a Fat Thursday (doughnut day) known as Tłusty Czwartek, which is held on the last Thursday before Lent every year. I wrote about it in February, and also stuffed my bake with Pączki that day. Now for another cool Polish tradition and festival…Wet Monday! Yes in Poland Read more about Smigus Dyngus: Wet Monday in Poland, What’s It All About?[…]
“How you got me blind is still a mystery, I can’t get you out of my head” – Backstreet Boys. In my series called living in Poland (Mieszka W Polsce), I share my personal tips on how to adapt to Polish life as a foreigner, tourist and non resident (but never as an expat, Ex-Pat Read more about Mieszka W Polsce: Living in Poland – How to Find a Flat in Warsaw[…]
The latest Polish guy in my Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę (Why Do We Love Poland?) series to inspire you to visit Poland is Andy! Andy runs the superb website Discover Krakow, check it out! It also has a Facebook page and a Twitter account, all promoting beautiful Kraków as a prime tourist destination. Over to Andy for his inspiration Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Andy From Discover Kraków[…]
You might have read how I first lived in Gdańsk when life took me to relocate to Poland. I have been almost exclusively single since splitting up with my longer term girlfriend Panny Yu in late 2015, and now I live in Europe and am lonely again, I look for love. Panny and I parted ways, and Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Dating Ideas in Warsaw[…]
You might have read how I first lived in Gdańsk when life took me to relocate to Poland. I have been almost exclusively single since splitting up with my longer term girlfriend Panny Yu in late 2015. Panny and I parted ways, and since then I have dated three ladies, who were all Polish. These Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Dating Ideas in Gdańsk, Poland[…]
Poland Poll: No Poll This Month, But A Last Minute Reader Invite to Saint Patrick’s Day in Warsaw (Dzień Świętego Patryka) – TOMORROW!!
“Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night” – Scorpions. I was little more than a Northern Irish 9 year old when the Berlin Wall waved its goodbyes to an unwanted border in 1989 and this world, my world, your world changed forever. As time progressed, I studied Soviet politics, Northern Read more about Poland Poll: No Poll This Month, But A Last Minute Reader Invite to Saint Patrick’s Day in Warsaw (Dzień Świętego Patryka) – TOMORROW!![…]
Living in Poland: How to Find a Flat in Gdańsk In my series living in Poland (Mieszka W Polsce), I share my personal tips on how to adapt to Polish life as a foreigner, tourist and non resident. I’ll try to cover as many aspects as I can for foreigners to help out and I Read more about Mieszka W Polsce: Living in Poland – How to Find a Flat in Gdańsk[…]
The latest lady in my Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę (Why Do We Love Poland?) series to inspire you to visit Poland is Magda from Kids in the City! Magda runs Kids in the City – website (www.kidsinthecity.pl), FB page (www.facebook.com/kidsinthecity.poland) and weekly Newsletter (www.kidsinthecity.pl/sign-up-for-our-weekly-newsletters) dedicated to international families living in Warsaw, bilingual families, and Polish families that Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Magda from Kids in the City![…]
In my series Mieszka W Polsce (Living in Poland), I give detailed and personal experiences from things I do in Poland as a foreigner or immigrant to become part of the culture. I’m not here to change Poland – I love it how it is – I’m here because life took me here and it Read more about Mieszka W Polsce: Living in Poland – How to Buy tickets for Lechia Gdańsk as a Foreigner[…]