Sarah in the ocean
Sarah in the ocean

About Loose Gringa

Hola, me llamo Sarah Sweeney. ¿Cómo estás? Bienvenidos a mi blog!

I’m a published poet, nonfiction writer, and journalist for Harvard University’s official news source, the Gazette. Beginning in 2015, I am starting a six-week stint at the Akumal International Artist Residency, where I’m finishing my book Island of Swallows about my torrid love affair in Cozumel. Stay tuned for juicy updates!

Loose Gringa the blog got legs in the summer of 2012. I left my boyfriend of seven years, moved out of our Boston home, and uprooted my life to the island of Cozumel on a tour of the Yucatan for two months. I was tempted to stay there forever. I got offered a job and I fell in love with a man. Neither of those worked out. But I learned unforgettable lessons about life, traveling, love, and about myself — and now I can’t stay away from magical Latin America.

I dream in Spanish. And I’m always looking for the perfect taco.

Oh, and I’m not your typical traveler. I loathe the word “tourist,” which implies merely skimming the surface. When I travel, I immerse myself into whatever situation I’m in. I chat up strangers, befriend cabbies, KISS waiters, eat strange meats, and actively pursue trouble. I was almost thrown in Mexican jail, but you’ll have to wait for the memoir to hear about that. (I do have a day job and don’t want to get fired.)

But if you’re the Travel Channel, here I am. I’m ready. Loose Gringa the TV series featuring a bubbly, brassy, blonde Southern charmer. That’d be me. Let’s do this.

  • Here’s an interview I did with Will Peach from
  • To check out my poetry and nonfiction, visit my other website,
  • Questions? Comments? Interested in hiring me as a freelancer? Email me.