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Interview With Kyle & Jamie from A Couple Of Yuppies

1. Can you start by giving us a little bit of background about yourself and your blog. How did you start traveling? When did you start blogging, and what did you expect readers to get out of it?

Jamie and I have one of those classic modern love stories in which we were best friends for years, until the liquor did its job and moved our relationship to another level. Not exactly planned, and both of us were pretty weird about it for the first couple of months or so. But once we got comfortable with the idea that we were actually a couple, we embraced it and realized that there was a reason why we were such good friends in the first place. Our interests are eerily similar, especially when it comes to our incurable thirst for travel and adventure.

Although we have lot in common, we do not always agree… far from it. However, by no means does that hinder us. In fact, I think that this makes us stronger and capable of making wiser decisions. If I think one way, and Jamie thinks another, we will each present our point of view and meet in the middle.

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This is exactly what we wanted our readers to get out of our blog. We have both been traveling since a very young age, but in very different ways. I spent my childhood looking forward to the next road trip that my family and I would take, usually lasting 2-3 weeks and consisting of countless landmark visits across Canada and the U.S. Jamie managed to travel through Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji for 6 months before attending university, and got up to more shenanigans than I like to imagine. I have experiences that have shaped the way that I think about travel, and so does Jamie. They are often completely different, but does that mean that each isn’t relevant? We both believe that the saying, “two heads are better than one” is a truth. So why not give our readers two heads? That’s how the “his take – her take” style of Couple of Yuppies was born.

2. Let’s talk experiences – what has been the best experience you’ve had on the road? The worst?

One of our all time favorite moments on the road had to have been partying with Croatian football fans on our first night in Pula. The entire population of the city watched the game on a massive screen in the town square while lighting off roman candles, chanting, and guzzling copious amounts of beer. Croatia lost, which we thought would be a bit of a downer, but the fans kept on singing, drinking, and dancing for hours. When we asked one local what he was so happy about, he said, “Spain is the greatest team in the world, and we almost won. We are very proud.” Jamie and I were ordered numerous rounds of shots and befriended by everyone and their dog. Amazing night.

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Our worst night on the road was in New York City. Having just lost Jamie’s souvenirs from the MOMA, I decided to cheer her up by scouting out some big apple stand-up comedy. The only time that Jamie laughed that night was when she cackled as I was forced to sleep on the floor. Needless to say, the show did not go over well.

3. You like to do His and Her take posts on the blog – where do you guys disagree the most?

We have very different ways of determining value. For instance, I might recommend getting a burger from restaurant x because it’s filling, delicious, and only $2. Jamie might recommend the same place because the salads are dripping with flavor and don’t leave you stuffed. If someone were to only read my review, they would just see “massive burgers” and might not be interested in that. However, by going to Jamie’s write-up they would see the place has more to offer. We want to supply our readers with as much perspective as possible so that they can feel safe in knowing that our recommendations give a broader scope than one person’s opinion.

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4. It looks like Jamie has done some pretty extreme stuff, including bungee jumping and skydiving. What’s the most extreme thing Kyle has ever done?

Jamie is 100% the adrenaline junky in the relationship. However, that isn’t to say that I haven’t done a few “extreme” things in my time. After graduating from high school, a bunch of my friends and I went house boating in the interior of British Columbia. On the second or third day, we sailed over to this infamous cliff diving spot in the middle of the lake called Copper Island. It’s a 60-foot drop and you need to launch yourself at least 6 feet horizontally or you’ll hit a large patch of rocks at the bottom. I must have missed the rocks by about 2 feet and I can still remember the pain against the underside of my arms as they hit the water.

5. You have quite a lot of food and restaurant reviews on your blog – what’s his and hers all-time favorite?

His Take: I love a great deal almost as much as a great meal. All along Brick Lane in London, England, the owners of a seemingly infinite number of Bengali restaurants give their best attempt at attracting as many diners as possible with incredible deals. I have a knack for bargaining, and so I managed to score Jamie and I a 4 course meal including naan bread, rice, deliciously smooth chicken curry, an appetizer of our choice, and a bottle of wine all for £10 (about $13 CAD) each at City Spice Restaurant. To this day, I have yet to find a better all out deal than that. The fact that everything that we ordered was fantastic didn’t hurt either.

Her Take: The best restaurant I have ever been to is Frank’s Kitchen in Toronto. We’ve been back here about three times now, and no matter what I order the meal is always amazing. Although this place is a bit more on the expensive side, the way the food tastes most restaurants would be charging upwards of $40 per dish, and at Frank’s you can order mains for as little as $15. My recommendation if you go here: the beef wellington.

6. What destination are you looking forward to the most on your next trip?

One trip that we currently have in the back of our minds is China. Although China is home to some of the most impressive (and populous) cities in the world, it’s the back country that Jamie and I would most like to visit. The rice patties of Longshen and the quaint backpacking atmosphere of Yangshuo are two experiences that we have our eyes on. We both realized when backpacking through Croatia that as we mature, we have a greater appetite for nature than nightlife. Although partying our faces off on Zrce Beach was amazing, stripping down on nearly every secluded nude beach we could manage to visit provided some of our most memorable experiences. I’m sure that if we were to answer this question 4 years ago, we both probably would have said something like, “getting trashed at every bar possible while in Hong Kong.” I can honestly say that we are both looking forward to traveling back in time in rural China, taking in the amazing landscapes, and chilling out.

7. What are some of your interests outside of traveling?

His Take: Well, I am Canadian, so I live and breathe everything that is hockey. However, I am equally passionate about golf. In fact, when I was living in England I managed to trek out to Kent for the final day of the British Open. Storming the green on the 18th was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Now that I’m in the real world, I find that cooking is another big one for me. Of course, if I don’t do it, no one will. Jamie’s useless in the kitchen.

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Her Take: When I was younger horseback riding took up most of my spare time. I grew up on a farm so it was common for me to be out in the barn all day. Now that I’m in my twenties and fending for myself I realize this costly sport isn’t that sustainable, so I’ve taken to different hobbies. Filming and video editing is one of them, something we are planning to include more in the blog in the future.

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8. As a couple who made long distance work for some time while Kyle was in London and Jamie was in Toronto – can you give some advice to our readers?

You CANNOT constantly worry that the other person will cheat on you. If you’re right for each other, then neither of you will. If you’re traveling like Kyle was, you can’t let yourself think about how much better everything would be if the other person were there. Think instead about all of the cool things that you can tell your bf/gf that you’ve been up to. Anyone will be more interested in hearing about all of the things that you did, than all of the things that you decided not to do because you would rather do it with them. Don’t put your life on hold! We didn’t and it worked for us.

Author Bio: Jamie and Kyle are from western Canada and love to share each of their takes on travel and food in their blog, Couple of Yuppies. You can follow them on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram.

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8 Responses to Interview With Kyle & Jamie from A Couple Of Yuppies

  1. Thanks for the introduction to the Yuppies! I love the ‘she said, he said’ aspect of their blog. Although obviously Jaime is always right!

    Charli l Wanderlusters May 19, 2013 at 3:25 AM Reply
    • Thanks so much for having us featured on your blog guys! Much appreciated. @charli glad you enjoy our two perspectives, and yes, Jamie is always right! 🙂

      Jamie and Kyle May 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM Reply
  2. Great interview! Really makes me want to start traveling more!

    Michelle May 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM Reply
  3. Wow the way you met sounds eerily…familiar.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, especially about being separated by an ocean. My husband’s leaving for Africa in a few months and it’ll be the longest time apart for us yet!

    I also like the his and hers perspectives on your blog. 🙂

    Heather May 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM Reply
    • Thanks Heather, glad you like the his and hers perspectives! Also glad we could provide a bit of background on how to make long distance work for a little while, hope it will help you guys out while he’s in Africa 🙂

      Jamie and Kyle May 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM Reply
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