Bruce Mabbott was born in Helensburgh, Scotland. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Edinburgh and studied for a year abroad at the University of Pennsylvania. He liked it so much over here in the "colonies" that he moved to Boston in 1996. Bruce now lives in Salem, MA, after an auspicious move to Salem ON HALLOWEEN in 2008.
The Mongol Rally will not be Bruce's first adventure. He recently returned from a self supported cycling tour across the southern tier of the United States from California to Florida, which he completed in only 7 weeks. He was an English teacher in Oswiecim, Poland for 6 months in 2005 and traveled extensively around Central and Eastern Europe in his little Polski Fiat Cinquecento, including a 3 week adventure in the Balkans.
Bruce is a Project Manager for LUMUS Construction of Wilmington, building Wind Turbines all around New England.
Andrea Aeschlimann is a native of Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Vermont in sociology and psychology. She recently finished her Masters degree in Middle School Science Education from Northeastern University. Andrea is a middle school science teacher at the Rumney Marsh Academy in Revere, MA. She recently moved to Salem and loves living here.
Andrea is also no stranger to adventure. In 2007, she lived and worked in Caldera, Chile for 6 months as an English teacher for El Colegio Padre Negro a k-12 school in Caldera.
Both Bruce and Andrea are active members of the Salem Scottish Dance community called the Wee Bluets who meet every Thursday night at the UU church in Salem.