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


Americanizada started 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 muthaland, I "returned," so to speak, for myriad reasons.  

Today, I am living and working in São Paulo, 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 do Digital Marketing consulting and run boutique travel brands.  

You will see in my writing that formality is not my strongest point, I like to travel, and am smiling, dancing and/or eating 95% of the time.


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.


If you can't find what you're looking for but think I can help you, please feel free to contact me via the form on the sidebar. 

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