About

Hey there. My name is Jimmy. I teach English, work on technology things, build websites with WordPress, and attempt to write in my spare time. I live in Galicia, northwestern Spain with my wife and our Peruvian dog Alqo.

I grew up in the suburbs outside of Los Angeles, on originally Tongva land once named Sonayna, near the foothills of what we now call the San Gabriel mountains. A self-identified philomath with an interest in different places and cultures, I studied linguistics in Oregon. Before taking a break to backpack through Latin America, I taught for years in West Africa, with the U.S. Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and at an international school in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

I eat vegetarian, practice Islam, overuse commas, try to read widely, and holler incessantly into the void for an ecological and anti-capitalist world. Among the stones is the translated Loko toponym of my host village in northern Sierra Leone.

I guess this blog is mostly about life as an estranxeiro in rural Galicia, as well as:

  • nature and low-waste living
  • mobile technology and conscientious use
  • politics on the socialist left
  • Islam and the formation of religious orthodoxies and heterodoxies
  • iPhone photos from around
  • interesting hyperlinks

I’m also into geography, hiking, literacy, iOS, nature documentaries, languages, camping and the #vanlife, histories of Upper Guinea, maps, Murray Bookchin, notebooks, dub music, Rūmī and American transcendentalist poets, podcasts, fantasy novels, 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 here.