Hey there. My name is Jimmy. I work on technology things for a wellness project in Germany and Portugal, build websites with WordPress, teach, and write in my spare time. I live in Galicia, northwestern Spain with my partner and our Peruvian dog Alqo.
I grew up in the valley suburbs of Los Angeles on originally Tongva land named Sonayna, near the foothills of what we now call the San Gabriel mountains. I studied linguistics in Oregon. Before taking a year off to backpack through Latin America, I taught for years in West Africa, with the U.S. Peace Corps in rural Sierra Leone and at an international school in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
I eat vegetarian, practice Islam, self-identify as a philomath, overuse commas, and try to read widely. As an at-large member of Democratic Socialists of America, I holler incessantly into the void for an ecological, internationalist, and anti-capitalist world. The phrase among the stones is the translated Loko toponym of my host village in northern Sierra Leone. I guess this blog is about being an estranxeiro in Galicia, as well as anything else that interests me:
- rural, low-waste living
- politics on the socialist left
- the Qur’ān, faith, and religious orthodoxies/heterodoxies
- minimal and mobile technology
I’m also into literacy, hiking, Mandé linguistics, learning and practicing languages (Spanish, sometimes Galician and French), camping and the #vanlife, nature documentaries, histories of Upper Guinea, maps, vegetable gardening, cooking, notebooks, dub music, the American transcendentalists and Rūmī, cultural anthropology, podcasts, Wikipedia, fantasy novels, photography, iOS, and a low-carbon future.
All opinions, highlights, emphases, other annotations, and photos are mine, unless otherwise indicated. I shamelessly link to Wikipedia (use citations) and Twitter. You can contact me via email or @amongthestones. You can also support this blog and upcoming podcast for the price of a coffee. Thanks!