March 2017 Poll: Where Should Jonny (NI Man in Poland) Go Next?

Hi everyone, it’s that time again – I have decided that I will try my best to visit EVERY Province of Poland (which also includes a “hat-trick of dones”: Warszawa, Polish Antarctica and Bournemouthian Poland) by the end of 31st December 2017. So each month there will be a vote on this. This is the Read more about March 2017 Poll: Where Should Jonny (NI Man in Poland) Go Next?[…]

Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My First Polish Newspaper Appearance, A Feature in Gazeta Kociewska, Starogard Gdański

“Wow, congratulations on your article, I am proud of you!” – Karolina Kokosz. Before I renamed myself and started this new life as Northern Irishman in Poland, there was a sad period of time where depression kicked in and I got a bit public about it. During that time, in August 2016, I announced that Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My First Polish Newspaper Appearance, A Feature in Gazeta Kociewska, Starogard Gdański[…]

Piątkowe Picie: A Night Out With Pub Crawl Gdańsk

Piątkowe Picie: A Night Out With Pub Crawl Gdańsk

“Baby, this is what you came for. Lightning strikes every time she moves” – Calvin Harris featuring Rhianna. On my Piątkowe Picie series, I could write a lot about my time touring the bars and cafes of Gdańsk, the first Polish city I lived in. Before moving to Poland, pub crawls had become one of Read more about Piątkowe Picie: A Night Out With Pub Crawl Gdańsk[…]

Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My Visit to Polish Antarctica, Henryk Arctowski Station, King George Island

Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My Visit to Polish Antarctica, Henryk Arctowski Station, King George Island

This is one of the most interesting and exciting posts on here to date and certainly suitable for a Quirky Encounter or a Dziwaczne Odkrycia. I was reminiscing on my visit to a part of Poland not actually in Poland! On this particular day, in November 2010, I visited Polish Antarctica, the Henryk Arctowski Station Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My Visit to Polish Antarctica, Henryk Arctowski Station, King George Island[…]

Nigdy Więcej Wojny: Touring Birkenau German Nazi Concentration Camp

Nigdy Więcej Wojny: Touring Birkenau Auschwitz II German Death Camp

In my Nigdy Więcej Wojny series, I cover my stories from Poland’s horrific past. Sadly, these German Death Camps are real. Germans really came here to overwork, maim and kill Polish people. It is just so sad. On my first visit to Krakow in 2015, this was one of those travel days with a more Read more about Nigdy Więcej Wojny: Touring Birkenau Auschwitz II German Death Camp[…]

Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Touring Krakow's Jewish Quarter

Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Touring Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish Quarter

Krakow is a tourist haven, a backpacker’s stop off point and a sombre former capital of Poland. While my love for Poland is hopefully clear by now, Krakow will take some “cracking” with me. I have been twice, but not been as inspired by this city as any of the other places in Poland I Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Touring Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish Quarter[…]

Read about Jonny's love for the capital city, Warszawa.

Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My Song, “You Have Your Life (Warszawa Skies)”

“This; a present from Stalin’s Reign, but you have your life again” – Jonny Blair. Most people reading this travel blog will know me as a travel writer who lives in Poland (or for longer term readers, possibly from the now “dead as a donut”, ill-fated Don’t Stop Living), or simply as someone who writes Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: My Song, “You Have Your Life (Warszawa Skies)”[…]

Nigdy Więcej Wojny: Touring Westerplatte, Where World War 2 Began

Nigdy Więcej Wojny: Touring Westerplatte, Where World War 2 Began

“Nigdy więcej wojny / Never More War” – Westerplatte, Poland. “Masked gunmen shouted trick or treat; then opened fire” – UTV news report in Greysteel, Northern Ireland (Halloween Night, 1993). It was another poignant journey for me as I headed to Westerplatte – the peninsula in Gdańsk, Poland where World War II began, although officially Read more about Nigdy Więcej Wojny: Touring Westerplatte, Where World War 2 Began[…]

Hotel Review: Hotel Parkowy in Malbork

Hotel Review: My Charming Stay at the Hotel Parkowy in Malbork

While trying to take a break from long term travel and sort out my travel life in Poland in 2016, the option of a few days in Malbork came up with two good friends. Malbork is an ancient Teutonic Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place for any tourist to love. It was Read more about Hotel Review: My Charming Stay at the Hotel Parkowy in Malbork[…]