REGULAR FEATURES - REGULARNE OPOWIEśCI
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!” #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, 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
After the dreamy days backpacking towns and villages nobody heard of, it was time for another one, and this time a more special occasion. My May reader vote sent me to the Świętokrzyskie province of Poland in my quest to visit every province of Poland by the end of 2017. 6 months left, 6 Provinces left Read more about My Świętokrzyskie Debut: Staying at Agroturystyka “Przy Szlaku” “Dude Ranch” in Tranquil Trzcianka[…]
Today I start a new series sharing YOUR love about Poland. The series will be as regular as I can make it, and will feature other writers and travel bloggers who are as lunatical about Poland as me. You don’t have to be Polish to be in the series, but you do have to “Kocham Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę? Why Do We Love Poland? With Anda Alexandra Rosiek, Twisted Red Ladybug[…]
“You’re making me question my heart and my soul if I think that it’s not quite right” – Noel Gallagher. As I aim to fulfill my quest of visiting every Polish Province by the end of 2017 (and subsequently to continue to visit more and more remote Polish towns and cities), next up in April Read more about Magiczne Miasta: A Quick Tour of Rzeszów and my Podkarpackie Debut[…]
Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Incredible Kazimierz Deyna 70th Birthday Match and Watching Jan Tomaszewski Live in Starogard Gdański!
“They can come true yeah, they can come true” – Gabrielle. Wow, just wow! Is all I can really say. But I was really there, at the special match to celebrate the 70th birthday of Kazimierz Deyna. If you followed my journeys around the world for 10+ years, you will be aware of my huge Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Incredible Kazimierz Deyna 70th Birthday Match and Watching Jan Tomaszewski Live in Starogard Gdański![…]
So for those of you reading who are new to my life, my world, my blog and my long standing travel blogging “career”, which was born and died on http://dontstopliving.net/ you may not be aware that I don’t really enjoy backpacking the popular tourist resorts. I prefer off the wall stuff – wacky republics like Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Touring the Obscure Polish Micronation Królestwo Dreamlandu[…]
Pracujące Poniedziałki: Inventing my Own English Words, Jonny Blair’s Dictionary, Jonnego Blairowski
“Welcome to my world” – Jim Reeves. A different Pracujące Poniedziałki (Working Mondays) for you today as I delve into my own wacaday, mysterious world where I add my own words and invent new words to and within the English language. If “to hoover” is a verb, “tannoy” is a noun and “facebooky” an adjective, then I Read more about Pracujące Poniedziałki: Inventing my Own English Words, Jonny Blair’s Dictionary, Jonnego Blairowski[…]
I recently did an indoor sky dive in Warsaw and backpacked through an unknown country called Krolestwo Dreamlandu, formed in Gdynia, I love partaking in crazy things on my journeys. As you might have read, it is my quest and dream to visit all 20 of these regions in Poland by the 31st December 2017: Read more about June 2017 Poll: Control My Destiny – What Crazy Activity Should Jonny (NI Man in Poland) Do Next?[…]
Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching Football in a Speedway Stadium in Gdańsk!! GKP Wybrzeze 2-1 Gryf Goręczyno
In my ongoing football series, in Polish known as Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce, I aim to write about as many cool and crazy football experiences as I can in Poland. My link to Polish football stems from the fact that my first ever Northern Ireland home win was against Poland in 1991 and Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching Football in a Speedway Stadium in Gdańsk!! GKP Wybrzeze 2-1 Gryf Goręczyno[…]
“Oh, it’s like an animal farm, lots of rural charm in the country. He’s got morning glory and life’s a different story” – Damon Albarn (1995, Blur’s “Country House”). When you wander through nonchalant, unknown, yellow, rapeseed oil fields on a hot and gorgeous day in a Poland spring, you can feel the joys of life Read more about Magiczne Miasta: Top 10 Backpacking Sights in Little Kokoszkowy, Rural Charm of Kociewie[…]
“In the beginning, when we were winning, when the smiles were genuine” – Manic Street Preachers. It’s been ages since I moved to Poland, (10 months!!) and I still believe that we are all perpetual students until the day we die. We are always learning, always studying. We are forever on a learning cycle on Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My Intensive Polish Course at Learn Polish in Gdańsk[…]