Though she's now been a teacher of literacy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for over two decades, Kori Winter had acute culture shock when her nine-year-old self moved with her family from Denver to Chicago. She never really recovered and hastened back to Colorado for sunshine and university. There she studied English, French, environmental studies, and sociology. In 1995 she volunteered to work with runaway children in London and fell in love at first sight with a long-haired man on a bicycle. She married him the following year and remains in southeast London with her husband (who now has short hair) and two teenage sons (who have long hair). Kori’s hair is starting to go grey, and she’s okay with that—but she still misses sunshine and mountains.
One recent Friday, Kori Winter Hutchinson, an American who has by now lived half her life in southeast London, was so struck by just how beautiful and fascinating her normal commute is that she made note of it. As a result, we all get to step inside this little slice of London life, and with Kori, we find hope there.