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World Transplant Games – where everyone is winner

Original article published in Sweden in En Sueco July 10, 2017. by Victoria Ahlén, Photo: Joakim and Victoria Ahlén If you stepped into Plaza de Toros in Malaga in the end of June and saw flags from 52 countries and thousands… Continue Reading →

Go chase the feeling of dancing each morning

Radio interview with Victoria Ahlén, Vilostrada, on Swedish station P4 Halland April 26, 2017, by Evelina Myrbäck, play forward to 1:02:30. English translation to Swedish article on SR P4 Halland interviewing Victoria Ahlén, Vilostrada: The Ahlén Family sold the house in… Continue Reading →

Honoring Amazing Women

All human´s need to be equal and have the right to live a happy life. Our eyes meet, (yes, we are strangers but in our work in Morocco), the laughter and sisterhood/ humanity carry our mutual work. In the smiles… Continue Reading →

Culture of the Nomad about to perish

Article published in German in Neues Deutschland  Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 Spanish/Swedish relief organisation supports inhabitants in the Moroccan, Sahara Behind the mighty Atlas Mountains in the Sahara live the poorest of the poor of Morocco. Relief organisation Vilostrada Foundation… Continue Reading →

School project – shoes and solarpanels

By: Victoria Ahlén Photo: Joakim Ahlén Article published in En Sueco in February 2016., p. 26-27 “The best thing about this trip to the Sahara and Morocco was to give away shoes. It felt amazing”, says Maj Ahlén, 8 years…. Continue Reading →

Vilostrada turns a new page in the book of life 2017

Oh, how I wish you could all experience Sahara with is eternal wisdom and peace. I can at least try to bring you with me through our photos, videos and blogs. No photo can give it justice but simply create… Continue Reading →

Tagine – How to get started

Enjoy  the Joy of Cooking Together The tagine is Morocco’s national dish and something all of us can cook. Here are our short tips to get started.  Soak your eco tagine lid in water for 24 hrs. Pour any kitchen… Continue Reading →

Julakuten secures education for a year in Tanmirt, Sahara

“All children have the right to education” is a vision that unites our volunteer powers in the Vilostrada Foundation’s yearly event “Julakuten” in Onsala, says Victoria Ahlen, founder. “Together we can now provide education during the next year and that… Continue Reading →

Wisehug from Wisehub

“Row 19, please keep up the good job and keep distrupting with your happiness and laughter, thank you for making this overseas flight such an enjoyable one for all of us.” Could you imagine if this was the ordinary comment… Continue Reading →

Why Vilostrada

During my last trip to Tanmirt, Sahara, in October, I took the opportunity to record this video for you from the heart of humanity. From my heart to yours. This is why we do Vilostrada. This is why I will… Continue Reading →

Tanmirt – 358 m left for running water

358 m of tube for running water, this is all that is left for part one of the Tanmirt project. How many meters can you support? 3,5€/m to secure life and education. On October 10-17, Hanna Sjögren (Rays of Me)… Continue Reading →

Travel advice for your trip to Morocco

Welcome and Marhaba to a country me and my family call “home”. You are about to enter a magical world of kindness, color and artistic detail in every corner. Meet the Moroccans with kindness (as you should all) and you… Continue Reading →

1000 likes – 1000 and more Vilostrada hugs

From the first Vilostrada facebook page like back in August 2013,  where this photo will represent that happy day to…. …Our super friend, mega-fan and partner Fran Rajewski gave us a push yesterday September 25 encouraging her friends to like…… Continue Reading →

A Tagine workshop grants insight look into Moroccan cuisine

SUR – German edition Thursday, September 15th 2016 by Marlene Wörner, translated by Alex Vogt Victoria and Joakim Ahlén launched a non-profit education project in the desert. Parts of their profits benefit Moroccan kids. FRIGILIANA. ‘Live to love the road’, which in… Continue Reading →

A Photograper’s Dream – Live to Love the Road

Live to Love the Road “With this exhibition, we want to show the beauty of Morocco but also show the joy in living a simple life. The rich colours and cultural diversity make Morocco the photographer’s dream,” says Joakim Ahlén,… Continue Reading →

A background story, finding your soil

– Salam Alejkoum I greet the custom’s agent as I hand him my papers and passport. – Are you a Moroccan resident, the custom’s agent asks me? – No,  I simply love Morocco. I help 500 children since three years… Continue Reading →

Common Ground in Tanger & Tanmirt?

Lucas and Victoria travel to Tanger on March 8 to aid and market the Darna Art exhibit on Women’s Day at Volubilis Art Gallery. We then head south to our friends in Taroudant and Tanmirt. We have a dream of finding… Continue Reading →

Outdoor life – Sierra Nevada

An hour away from home in Frigiliana, we arrive in Sierra Nevada. A ski resort with more than 100 slopes(on current trip 40 open). The slopes suit beginners and experts and the resort is well planned from arriving, parking underground,… Continue Reading →

Personal shopping tour with Anki

Anki traveled with Victoria in November 2015  to furnish her new B&B – Villa Dolores, a personal shopping tour with Vilostrada. We maxed four days of exploring & shopping in Tanger, Oued Laou and Chefchaouen. “A personal and great experience… Continue Reading →

Finding beauty on the road

You know routine, these things that fill our every day and most sigh loudly about? We changed ours drastically in August 2013, when we moved to Andalucia in Spain. We added more variety when we decided I would go to… Continue Reading →

Art makes people happy

On Monday January 19 our Common Ground Art project, #commongroundart, launched. Our daughter Maj, 7 years, is the boss with great help from her mentor Mohamed Raiss El Fenni at Volubilis Art Gallery in Tanger, Morocco. Contributions from all over… Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday and Give More 2016

Happy Birthday to me and the rest of you in the world I share it with. One of the lessons I learnt while working with Vilostrada, is that we must love and accept ourselves for who we are before we can… Continue Reading →

The desert has no doors 

An old Berber saying would make my Christmas wish for peace and love true. A trip in on our Life to Love the Road Tour (#LTLTR) in southern Morocco with my husband Joakim. On Christmas Day our petite taxi awaits… Continue Reading →

God Jul – our 2015 Vilostrada road

Vilostrada is our dream of a lifestyle where we live to love the road. We sum up an adventurous 2015 on the roller coaster that is Vilostrada and also our life: VIVA Proudly Vilostrada teamed up with Estifeda for the Common Ground… Continue Reading →

All you do is begin

Article by Jennie Rhodes, published in SUR English 20151120 Vilostrada, which means Viva (Live), Love and Strada (Road), calls itself a lifestyle brand. The family that run it call it the “mothership” that fuels the community building project, Common Ground. They… Continue Reading →

En Sueco writes about Vilostrada

Today, Sara Laine at En Sueco – a magazine on Costa del Sol, Spain writes about our story, published in the November issue pages 36-37. Since the story is in Swedish, we wanted to translate the story here for you. Photos are taken… Continue Reading →

Preparing for a three day hike in Rif Mountains

The day finally arrived when the mule stood there packed on the Akchour parking lot at the end of September. Three friends from Spain had said yes to coming on an adventure with me to go up in the Rif… Continue Reading →

A dream for Eco tourism in Akchour

Since that day in October 2013 when I was first introduced to the Rif Mountains and Talassemtane National Park by our guide Kritz, my heart knew I came home. These are mountains I know well even if I never sat… Continue Reading →

Our children meet Darna

Maj (7 yrs) and Lucas(10 yrs)Ahlen list their Darna favorite activities: “Hanging out on the soccer goal as I drew here”, says Maj.  “I liked the music instrument. Great music here>>“, says Maj:     Lucas: – Play soccer with my… Continue Reading →

Common Ground meets “Sommarloventreprenörer”

Meeting young entrepreneurs always makes me smile. Today I met almost 20 summer entrepreneurs (Sommarlovsentreprenörer) in Kungsbacka over Skype. If you live nearby keep an eye out for LL film, Lina, Raisha, Jonas, Fanny and many more with new businesses ranging from… Continue Reading →

Together we made music

“She looking at me, smiling. This girl of no more than 6 years old. Laughing. Probably at how funny I look, or just because of the simple excitement of having new people visit their school out there in the middle… Continue Reading →

Meetings in Morocco – part one

Åsa Holmén, ÅH! Betong & Återbruk, from Onsala, Sweden traveled with Victoria Ahlén to northern Morocco to learn the country traditions, get involved in the starting of a women’s cooperative in Akerate as well as find inspiration for her new concrete… Continue Reading →

Connectivity

We aim to connect the Akerate School with the world directly in the beginning of November 2014. Connect with us: 1) Schedule a Skype Classroom meeting with Victoria Ahlén, founder and project manager. She will share her stories of the world… Continue Reading →

Vilostrada starts remake collaboration with Labelled

Vilostrada and Labelled start their design collaboration with focus on remake, crafts and mentorship with women in northern Morocco with a vernissage August 2-5 in Mariehamn Åland. The project continues this fall with partners in Sweden. An entrepreneurial conference will happen… Continue Reading →

Book launch and happiness

When I was about 7 years old, I said “I wish for world peace”. I kept on dreaming about changing the world to a more beautiful place for all of us. Later today, a dream comes true when we launch… Continue Reading →

Vilostrada – Kärlek förändrar liv

PRESSMEDDELANDE ”Vi lämnade våra jobb och allt vi hade i Sverige för att leva livet som vi lärde. Vi är en familj som älskar barn, livet och är samhällsentreprenörer men vi behövde en förändring. Vi byggde upp ett nytt liv… Continue Reading →

Viva – inspiration and happiness

What is the result when you go to work loving what you do and with the people you love the most? Our first Vilostrada event #VIVA – inspiration and happiness on July 1-3. We invite you to meetings, photo exhibit,… Continue Reading →

A new lifestyle brand is born

August 24 we left Göteborg, Sweden for sunny Frigiliana in Spain. We decided to change our way of life and build a new life focusing on our dreams, more time with the children we love, and making this world a better… Continue Reading →

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