Hi! Thanks for stumbling onto my site :-) My name's Polyana de Oliveira, but everyone calls me Poly. 


This site/blog, was born in February 2008 when I moved from Connecticut, U.S.A. to São Paulo, Brazil.  I was born in Brazil, and raised in the U.S.  After 20 years of never stepping foot in tha motherland, I "returned," so to speak, for myriad reasons.  

Today, I am living and working in a mid-sized town in São Paulo state. In Brazil, I have gone through teaching English, to working at an ad agency, and working at a large job search website. Since then, I've opened, and closed and opened businesses again. Currently, I run an incoming travel agency for foreigners who wish to travel to Brazil, Viare Travel.

If you can't find what you're looking on this site, but think I can help you with anything Brazil or travel related, please feel free to contact me through the form on the sidebar.

The blog has not been active since 2015, but you can find a few evergreen resources about Brazil, which is why I have kept it published to date. 


Disseram Que Eu Voltei Americanizada, or 'They Say I Have Returned Americanized,' is a song that was interpreted by Carmen Miranda, a famous Portuguese born and Brazilian raised singer/actress from the mid 20th century who was shunned in Brazil after living in the U.S. for a while.  In her good humored fashioned, she made a joke out of it with the song saying nothing and no time abroad will take the brasileira out of her. 

This blog is an ode to that optimistic and care free nature. In short, all that brasileiridade. A nature that describes me quite well, as you'll see in my musings.

I invite you to peruse through my posts and follow the blog, whether you're interested in Brazilian culture and society, are thinking of moving [back] to Brazil, if you're looking to travel to Brazil, or even if you're just looking for a fun new blog to read! 

I also like to write about Brazil and other things too on other blogs and sites, and would love to be your girl for the job if you think I would be a good fit for your project/post/article.

Enjoy the blog, é pra você!


ps - my profile photo on the side bar and top photo were taken by my very talented friend, Mallory Ferland Ramos