Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What makes a local?

Today I have lived and worked in Melbourne for 6 months. Does that make me a local yet?

I don't think it does, I don't yet have a favourite hairdresser, I've never visited a GP and I've only eaten out a handful of times (though budget is a big factor there).

Yet at the same time, I have a favourite wax therapist, I have a local personal trainer and physiotherapist and my weekly groceries mostly come from the local market. I know the quickest routes through my suburb and have driven every street and I'm more comfortable driving in the city and managing hook turns than friends of mine who were born and raised in Melbourne's suburbs.

I will admit, I don't know many of my neighbours, but when you rent an apartment in a building of over 300, do you ever really? I could have grown up in a nearby suburb and still not know anyone living that close.
So when do I become a local? Will it be sometime within the next few years? Or will I not manage it before I move back to Brisbane? And what then, do I have to fight to become a local again up there (since I will definitely be in a different suburb to where my parents live).

Wondering where the line is. Something I might still be pondering in another 6 months time...

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