Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

This is long overdue and one of about 1,000 articles that I started and never finished. On my ongoing writing about my base in early 2016, Bishkek, it’s time to explore the pubs and bars of this city. Having been based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from December 2015 – April 2016, I often frequented the bars Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan[…]

Thank You For the Support During My Depression

Thank You For the Support During My Depression, No Thanks to the Stupid Ones

“Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes” – John-ny Mandel.  First of all, thank you to anyone who didn’t want me to die. It’s as blunt a message as that. Thank you to all of you who messaged me, messaged my family, shared my plea for help, helped my family and friends when I Read more about Thank You For the Support During My Depression, No Thanks to the Stupid Ones[…]

Studying Saturdays: Backpacking Centurion In The Grammarian, Bangor, Northern Ireland

Studying Saturdays: “Backpacking Centurion” In The Grammarian, Bangor, Northern Ireland

“Damn my education, I can’t find the words to say with all the things caught in my mind” – Noel Gallagher. It is a line taken from the Oasis song “Don’t Go Away” which was released the same year I left Bangor Grammar School, 1997. I wrote very recently how it just passed the 25 Read more about Studying Saturdays: “Backpacking Centurion” In The Grammarian, Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: A Night Out With Pub Crawl Gdańsk, Poland

Thirsty Thursdays: A Night Out With Pub Crawl Gdańsk, Poland

“Baby, this is what you came for. Lightning strikes every time she moves” – Calvin Harris featuring Rhianna. Pub crawls have been one of my backpacking fortes. I could have made a business out of it for sure, but what good is that on a Northern Irishman’s liver? Not for me, these days I’m a Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: A Night Out With Pub Crawl Gdańsk, Poland[…]

Working Wednesdays: My Feature in Gazeta Kociewska, Starogard Gdański, Poland

Working Wednesdays: My Feature in Gazeta Kociewska, Starogard Gdański, Poland

So in August 2016, I announced that my backpacking journey had finally come to an end, at least for now. I had been on the road for too long, 9 years since this travel blog started and I travelled full time for about 7 of the last 13 years, statistics don’t lie, I really backpacked Read more about Working Wednesdays: My Feature in Gazeta Kociewska, Starogard Gdański, Poland[…]

Sunday’s Inspiration: Backpacker Versus Stationary Resident, First 7 Differences

“You do the walk. Yeah, you do the walk of life” – Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). It’s pretty hard for me to believe that it is now 18 days since I last slept in a hostel dorm room – the Hostel Cycle On. I am no longer a moving, nomadic backpacker. I did a walk, Read more about Sunday’s Inspiration: Backpacker Versus Stationary Resident, First 7 Differences[…]

Learning Polish with Alina: Jestem Jonny, Jestem Irlandzkim Pisarzem Podróżnikiem z Dontstopliving.net

Jestem Jonny, Jestem Północnoirlandzkim Pisarzem Podróżnikiem z Dontstopliving.net

This is my first ever blog post on here in part-Polish, It’s coming towards the end of my second month in Poland and though, I have travelled around Pomorskie and into Kaliningrad in that time, I have found time away from work to start to learn Polish, with Learn Polish in Gdańsk. I did a Read more about Jestem Jonny, Jestem Północnoirlandzkim Pisarzem Podróżnikiem z Dontstopliving.net[…]

Sunday's Inspiration: A Change In Me - The Private Jonny Blair

Sunday’s Inspiration: A Change In Me – The Private Jonny Blair

“I know all about you” – Garbage. Today I reflect on something huge, and I know – it is time for change. It feels like I was living my whole life in the public eye. Of course, a blog is global, anyone can view it. This meant that I lost my privacy and my anonymity. Read more about Sunday’s Inspiration: A Change In Me – The Private Jonny Blair[…]