Paul & Helen

In relaxed mood just before leaving for Mongolia

In relaxed mood just before leaving for Mongolia

Paul and Helen live in Ramsgate in Kent.  Do you know where that is, and how far away it is from your school?

Paul was born near London, but grew up in Ramsgate.  He has two brothers, one older than him (a taxi driver), and one younger (a cabinetmaker).  He’s 54, but says he feels much younger – except in the mornings!

Paul has been an engineer, has looked after people with disabilities, and also used to make wooden rocking horses and carousel rides.  He now helps people who want to do their best, like a sports person who wants to perform at their best.  He’s a coach.

Paul has lived in 23 different houses, but says he’s never lived in a car, so might find living in a Land Rover for over a year quite interesting!

Getting more comfortable about life under canvas

Getting more comfortable about life under canvas

Helen was born in Ramsgate.  She’s 50, but Paul tells her she looks much younger!  She’s brilliant at swimming, and can shoot a rifle, but says she’s a bit nervous about all the driving she’ll have to do on rough roads.  Helen is very interested in the environment, and is mad about recycling.   She can speak a little Russian, but needs to practice more.  She works as a social worker.

Paul loves adventure.  He drove to Mongolia for charity in 2007, and likes rock climbing, ice climbing, sailing, and driving (too fast, Helen says!).   He’s also often outrageously silly!

Helen likes using the internet, and is a budding photographer.  She’s not at all adventurous, and wonders how she’ll cope on such a long journey! 

Do you think Helen and Paul will argue much?