Volvo Penta Boating Dreams Episode 11 – Bente Aust

Volvo Penta Boating Dreams Episode 11 – Bente Aust


Some people are scared
of the dark and the silence. For me, it’s freedom, peace of mind. Here there is only nature, so if you hear something,
a bird maybe, a fox, the waves,
ice breaking on the sea in wintertime, it’s from nature. I like it. My name is Bente Aust
and I live in Langfjordnes in the northern part of Norway
above the Arctic Circle. Langfjordnes is a place without roads. We have to come here by boat, and only eight people live here,
including me and Tore. The boat connects us
to the rest of the world. I use it four, five, six times a week, because I have to go shopping, buy food, visit friends, neighbors. We have complete darkness
for two months, so only a little bit of light
for two hours, from eleven to one o’clock. I can be afraid when
leaving Langfjordnes in a little storm, because it’s dark and snowing
and the waves are big, very, very big. But you have to trust in the boat. The boat is your number one. My family came here in 1890, I think,
as teachers. 250 people lived here then. And they had a store and a fish company and were teachers four generations back. My mom died in 1990 of cancer, and she said to me,
“Bente, please, use this place.” My mom worked very hard for this place, so it means a lot to me
to stay here now. It’s not so hard for me. I have it easier. I’m living my dream here,
but I couldn’t do it without the boat, so the boat is, of course,
the most important thing I have. I feel like a queen on the sea because I’m alone out there
and I’m so lucky. I will stay here
as long as my health is OK, and I hope the new generation will take over sometime in the future.

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