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Am I a Melburnian yet?

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Ten years ago this year, I arrived in Melbourne: a heartbroken teenager with a sparkle in my eye, because finally I’d made it to the Big Smoke.

After 10 years, can I finally call myself a Melburnian?Credit:Paul Jeffers

I remember the things that stood out when I first got here: getting lost and winding up in streets with never-ending terrace houses; skies that rolled on forever with beautiful smog-muffled hues; heroin users, mute, wandering Victoria street; going to "the city" rather than "town"; feeling excited at the prospect of "something happening" - all the time.

Entering into my 10-year anniversary, I’ve started to think: am I a Melburnian yet?

I definitely wasn’t for the first few years. Although I understood the difference between a north-sider and a south-sider and felt I was........

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