transoceanic: crossing or extending across the ocean; situated or living beyond the ocean teller: a person that tells stories; one who counts
The Transoceanic Teller is blog about personal finance with a nautical theme. The name fully embodies my four inspirations for this blog: Transoceanic reflects (1) my status as a U.S. expat in the Netherlands and (2) my love of all things water. A teller is (3) a person who tells stories or (4) a person that counts. As an added bonus, "teller" has the same meaning in Dutch (a person that counts) as in English!
Who am I? I'd like to keep my identity somewhat private for now, but I'll share a few things with you. I'm 30-ish-year-old water engineer from Monday through Friday, and an outdoor enthusiast on the weekends. Based on these facts, I'm essentially your "average" financial blogger. However, I'm also a U.S. expat happily residing in a city in the Netherlands. Having worked in the U.S. before moving to the Netherlands (and Belgium for a short stint), I have some experience working/saving/investing in various countries. Here in the Netherlands, I started my own business (in progress...), share some finances with my partner, may buy a house soon, and recently experienced the full mirth of the Dutch "M" tax form. With various accounts in three countries, my taxes and personal finances are a never-ending adventure! I've learned a lot since moving abroad, and I'm excited to share some of those lessons and memories here.
Blogging is not new to me. For nearly ten years, I've written regularly on another website, so I know how much time goes into this intangible pile of words floating around in the internet sea. But I've always had a tendency for recording, organizing, and documenting. I gain great satisfaction from making goals, tracking them, and reflecting on where I've been. Personal finances fascinate me, and I look forward to connecting and learning from others in similar and different situations.