Hi, I’m Mary Murphy
What started as a simple WordPress blog chronicling the renovation of a flat in Budapest has grown legs. I had no plan for it, other than to keep interested parties around the world informed of what I was up to. My postage budget had been diverted to paint and time was in short supply; blogging seemed an efficient way to stay in touch. Nine years later, it is an intrinsic part of what I do. I write about life in Budapest, the city in which I finally got to unpack my bottom drawer. I write about my travels, about music, food, spirituality, politics, life, death, cemeteries. I write about whatever comes to mind. There was never any plan.
I was raised in Ireland, but I have lived much of my life outside the country, including the USA (California, Washington, and Alaska) and the UK before settling (?) 10 years ago in Budapest. It is a privilege to have had the opportunity to do more than just travel to these places, but to live and work and immerse myself in different cultures and build strong friendships all over the world.
Much of my recent travel is work-related. I give workshops on public speaking, technical writing, etiquette, and cross-cultural communications for various corporations and organisations, involving diplomats, corporate executives, technical writers, and others in Hungary, India, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Serbia, and Switzerland.
Two years ago, when I wrote my 1000th post, I thought it might be time to move to a new website. I was running out of space. With Steve’s help, we first set up http://unpackingmybottomdrawer.com. Then we decided to create another site that was focused more on travel. This site is the result. I hope it will serve as an inspiration to others to step out of their comfort zone and explore this wonderful world of ours. And if, for any reason, you can’t travel, I hope you enjoy reading about my experiences and seeing a little more of the world from your armchair. I’m always open to suggestions, so if there’s some place you’d really like me to visit for you, just let me know.