Not Your Average Dai

1. a member of a traveling people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and traditionally live by seasonal work, itinerant trade, and fortune-telling. Gypsies are now found mostly in Europe, parts of North Africa, and North America, but are believed to have originated in South Asia.
2. a nomadic or free-spirited person.

Hey guys my name is Dai. I was born and raised in the Chicago land area. I love everything about where I grew up, the food, the architecture, and the history. There is no other city like it.
I have always been the person who wants to get to know people, where they come from, and all the things that make them different from myself. I feel the same way about different places; whether it’s a different city, state, or country, I want to know what makes that place different from where I live. It just takes one spark to ignite your wander lust. My curiosity and need for a change of scenery is what sparked my wander lust.


I graduated from Western Illinois University with a BA in history and a minor in art history. Coming from a city with so much history how could I not get a history degree. The past has always been fascinating. To be able to look back at all the different histories that I have studied, it’s hard to not want to travel and see other people and cultures around the world.


I am married to a man that pisses me off like no other and makes me laugh to the point where I’m having an asthma attack. We have been married for a over a year now and so far so good! It is actually because of my husband that I have the opportunity to write this blog.


My husband, his mother, and father came to America from Romania in 1999. His mother won the visa lottery and they gained permanent residency here in the U.S.. It is because of the visa lottery that I met and married my soul mate. My husband does PDR (paintless dent removal) for a living; to easily sum it up he fixes the hail damage on cars. In order for him to do pdr he has to travel to where it hails. We have been together for three years now and we have gone through three pdr seasons together and let me tell you it is not easy. Being a pdr wife is a struggle bus that I was not ready to ride. Having your significant other gone for months at a time is stressful; between the fighting, the time differences, and not being able to be in the same state; sometimes I just want to break down and cry (which I have done and occasionally still do).


My husband has been to several states throughout the United States. It is because of my husband job that I have been able to go different states and countries that I have only dreamed of going to; Japan, Mexico, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado, and California, just to name a few. When we first started dating I was not able to travel with him as much as I would have liked to. But after being married for some time and nothing to occupy my free time I will be traveling with him on and off throughout his season.