Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Taking My Polish Friends on a Tour of Northern Ireland

I have had a connection with Poland since serving ice cream with Warszawian Piotr on a beach hut in the English seaside resort of Bournemouth in 2004. At the same time, I also worked with Aneta and Grzegorz and later Zuzanna (who I met again as recently as 2016). All four are pictured with me Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Taking My Polish Friends on a Tour of Northern Ireland[…]

Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Lois from The Polish Housewife

The latest lady to feature in my Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę (Why Do We Love Poland?) series is Lois, who quite simply has a fabulous blog on food and life as a Polish Housewife. As someone who loves Polish food but is not much of a cook, I love checking out her recipes, ideas and food Read more about Dlaczego Kochamy Polskę: Lois from The Polish Housewife[…]

Smaczne Srody: Grzane Grzyby, Zapiekanki – How Poland Got Me Eating Mushrooms

” I hate mushrooms” – Jonny Blair (all of my life). People used to tell me our taste buds change as we get older. I didn’t believe them. I thought they were set in stone from an early age and that was that. No changing. In 2006 while working in Public Relations at Bite Communications Read more about Smaczne Srody: Grzane Grzyby, Zapiekanki – How Poland Got Me Eating Mushrooms[…]

Nigdy Więcej Wojny: Touring Wolfschanze (Wilczy Szaniec or Wolf’s Lair) in Gierłoż Forest – Hitler’s World War 2 Hideout

So firstly thanks to my reader vote for September 2017 for sending me here to Wilczy Szaniec in Gierłoż Forest near Kętrzyn. This was another poignant, sombre and fitting trip for my journeys and of course one to feature on my contiguous “Nigdy Więcej Wojny” series. So what was this trip all about?? Bluntly put Read more about Nigdy Więcej Wojny: Touring Wolfschanze (Wilczy Szaniec or Wolf’s Lair) in Gierłoż Forest – Hitler’s World War 2 Hideout[…]

November 2017 Poll: What Should Jonny Do in December 2017?

So the countdown begins. I have just two months left on my challenge to visit every Polish Province by the end of 2017 and I still have two to go! Here is this month’s Poll for November, which ends on 30th November 2017 and will dictate where I go in December 2017. Thanks to all Read more about November 2017 Poll: What Should Jonny Do in December 2017?[…]

Hotel Review: Hotel Parkowy in Malbork

Dziwaczne Odkrycia: 2018 Travel Target – To Have Visited All of Poland’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Travel and visiting new places NEVER has to end. In 2017, after starting this blog (well it started in December 2016 in reality), I decided I would TRY and visit EVERY Province of Poland as well as Polish Antarctica, Kashubia and some Micronations by the end of the year. With two months to go, I’m Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: 2018 Travel Target – To Have Visited All of Poland’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites[…]

Piątkowe Picie: The Best Bars and Cafes in Kętrzyn, Mazury Province

When my reader vote for September 2017 sent me back to Poland’s Mazury Province, I wasn’t prepared for the madness that ensued. It meant touring the city of Olsztyn in more detail than before, a solemn trip to Wilczy Szaniec (Wolf’s Lair) and two nights in the town of Kętrzyn, where I stayed in the Read more about Piątkowe Picie: The Best Bars and Cafes in Kętrzyn, Mazury Province[…]

17 Concrete Brick Reasons Why Northern Ireland will beat Switzerland and qualify for Russia 2018

“What about our wee country” – Barry Hunter. Northern Ireland and Switzerland meet each other in a two legged play off in November 2017 to qualify for the World Cup in Russia 2018. So this buck eejit right here, Northern Irishman In Poland had a look at 17 concrete brick reasons why the Swiss are Read more about 17 Concrete Brick Reasons Why Northern Ireland will beat Switzerland and qualify for Russia 2018[…]

Sombreness in Mazury: My Calm Stay at Hotel Wanda, Kętrzyn

When my reader vote for September 2017 sent me back to Poland’s Mazury Province, it was time for another sad bit of historic travel as I headed to the infamous and notorious Wilczy Szaniec (Wolf’s Lair near Kętrzyn – where Adolf Hitler spent over 800 days during World War II). These days Kętrzyn does attract Read more about Sombreness in Mazury: My Calm Stay at Hotel Wanda, Kętrzyn[…]

Piątkowe Picie: Best Bars in Gliwice, Śląsk Province

When I arrived in Gliwice in October 2017 to watch the Germany v. Northern Ireland under 19 football match, I didn’t really expect to love the city that much. Nor would I expect to decide to prolong my stay or even to tour the bars and make a “Drinking Friday/Piątkowe Picie” feature on it but Read more about Piątkowe Picie: Best Bars in Gliwice, Śląsk Province[…]