Backpacking in Poland: The Time I Went Speed Dating in Warszawa

Long before I had this blog, and when I was also single, back in 2004 as a student at Bournemouth University, in England, I went to a “Speed Dating night” with my friends Lock in Lee, Mad Mike and Jody. At the time, reality events and TV shows were all the rage, I appeared in Read more about Backpacking in Poland: The Time I Went Speed Dating in Warszawa[…]

Backpacking in Warsaw, Poland: My Stay at the Famous Oki Doki Hostel

Backpacking in Warsaw, Poland: My Stay at the Famous Oki Doki Hostel

Readers of my blog will be extremely surprised to hear that I didn’t stay in a hostel in Warsaw until November 2016. It was my fourth visit to the city (fifth if you count a train change) and on all previous visits, I had stayed in hotels, nurses quarters or with friends. I honed in Read more about Backpacking in Warsaw, Poland: My Stay at the Famous Oki Doki Hostel[…]

My Winter Stay at the Ibis Warszawa Centrum Hotel, Poland

My return to the gaping Polish capital city of Warsaw in December 2016 saw me reunited with one of my most visited cities (visit number 6) and with a stay in one of my favourite hotel brands from recent years – Ibis. I booked into the Ibis Warszawa Centrum. I know what to expect with Read more about My Winter Stay at the Ibis Warszawa Centrum Hotel, Poland[…]

Songwriting in Poland: (You Have Your Life) Warszawa Skies

Songwriting in Poland: (You Have Your Life) Warszawa Skies – “This A Present From Stalin’s Reign”

“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, or as someone who writes about a lifestyle of travel. But that’s not really what writing was about for me when it all began. I started life Read more about Songwriting in Poland: (You Have Your Life) Warszawa Skies – “This A Present From Stalin’s Reign”[…]

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My Top 5 Capital Cities From Around The World!!!

I thought recently about all the capital cities I’ve been to and how they don’t always live up to expectations. I’ve been to capital cities in about 55 of the 80 countries I’ve backpacked through and thought it was a good moment to do a top 5. I write this post from one of them Read more about My Top 5 Capital Cities From Around The World!!![…]

Every Night I’ve Been Eating My Coleslaw! – Warsaw, Easter 2005

Well in a way, it has taken me well over three years to condense this amazing trip into words for a weblog, so here goes, and bear with me, we bunged a hell of a lot in here. This post is basically the third out of a four part 25th birthday celebration for me during Read more about Every Night I’ve Been Eating My Coleslaw! – Warsaw, Easter 2005[…]

“This; a present from Stalin’s Reign” – The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland

Back in 2005, for my 25th birthday I got pissed up in a 4 star hotel in Warsaw, Poland drinking with Northern Ireland stars Keith Gillespie, Warren Feeney and Maik Taylor. That hotel was a posh one – The Intercontinental Hotel. It fitted the occasion, but the hotel itself looked out over a building much Read more about “This; a present from Stalin’s Reign” – The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland[…]

Jonny Blair in Warsaw Poland in 2007

Backpacking in Poland: Warszawa Skies They Wont Rain On You

I first visited post-communist Poland in 2005, getting a train from Berlin to Warsaw. I stayed there for two nights with my Northern Irish friends and sampled only a teeny bit of the Polish culture, as I was there to watch the Northern Ireland football team and quite honestly to get pished on cheap beer Read more about Backpacking in Poland: Warszawa Skies They Wont Rain On You[…]