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Nomad people are masters in improvising

Welt online  March 25th, 2017 Nomad people are masters in improvising (follow link to read original in German) by Luise Wagner Translated by Alexander Vogt Below the picture: A trip on a camels back offers a magnificent view – yet shouldn’t… 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 →

Traveling to Morocco by ferry

We get many questions about the best route to go to Morocco. Of course this is a personal choice. We live on Costa del Sol, in Frigiliana to be more exact. We recommend catching the fast ferry from Tarifa to… 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 →

The Shoe Box Christmas Miracle

108 SHOE BOXES!!!! Our dear friend Susan Geraldine Lock encouraged us to start a shoe box fundraiser for our nomad children in Tanmirt, Sahara. The amazing principal Teleforo at Enrique Ginés in Frigiliana made sure it became a success. Lucas… Continue Reading →

Art Auction for Tanmirt: Berlin Artist joins Vilostrada mission

Meet her in the studio in Berlin: Veronika Wagner is a German painter with a strong connection to Morocco and the Sahara desert. She has been travelling North Africa over the past 20 years and created numerous works inspired by… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Why fair trade with Morocco?

Vilostrada seeks genuine beauty and we #shopfair with the artisans. When we first visited Chefchaouen in September 2013, we followed our hearts that told us it was Morocco we must return to. Back then, Joakim and I were two IT-entrepreneurs who… Continue Reading →

Fundraising for the heart of humanity – Tanmirt

Welcome to a fundraising evening dedicated to “The Joy of Cooking Together.” We challenge you to bring your smiles and stories but also pay it forward to people who remind us of who we really are as humans, the nomads… Continue Reading →

I want to do something good in my life

We warmly welcome Niamat Akar to our team. She will be invaluable to us and all of you in our work in doing the genuine stuff that takes you on a journey to the heart of humanity this coming year: Hello my… 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 →

Aïd al-Adha celebration in Chefchaouen

Hello my friends . This lunch today on the occasion of Eid in Morocco (holiday). We prepare this tagine dish specially today the first day of Eid And it is a component of goat liver with a special spice to… Continue Reading →

Our new Vilostrada intern

Marhaba and welcome to our new, talented intern Niamat Akar, a former student from Université Abdelmalek Essaâdi Tétouan. Since three years, we trade textiles with her father Said Akar in Chefchaouen. During the six months to come, she will provide invaluable support to us on… Continue Reading →

The joy of Vilostrada

We love to live a simple life, teaching our children a sustainable lifestyle. We set out on a mission in August 2013 and here we are. JOY!!! Our dreams come true every day! We follow our hearts and keep open,… Continue Reading →

Moroccan Style Summer Outdoor Spaces

I focus on these three areas when creating our summer spaces in my favourite Moroccan style: Lighting and lanterns. You can never add too much. Textiles in lots of color creates warmth and welcoming fresh spaces. Quick fixes include tray… Continue Reading →

The Tanmirt Well of Life

Water is life. The heat is on in the desert and nomads move to water and shade for the next few months. In December 2015 and March 2016 on our visits, we have experienced the life of the nomads and… 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 →

Tagine lovers book June 1

Welcome to a Tagine workshop in Frigiliana June 1. In Morocco, family and friends gather around a tagine to share a meal. This is where stories are told and people sit and spend time with each other, quality time. This… Continue Reading →

Inviting Tagine Lovers

  Directly from our eco tagine artisan Aicha in Oued Laou, Morocco, to our Vilostrada shop, we welcome you to the newly launched: Tagine Lovers Vilostrada forum on Facebook. Tagine is our way of gathering friends of Vilostrada who share our… Continue Reading →

Eco Tagine

Eco tagine, made by clay and water from Oued Laou on the northern coast of Morocco. Burnt at the home of our talented artisan Aicha, her story and the process to make the tagines you can read more about here shortly…. Continue Reading →

Welcome to a Tagine workshop – a taste of Morocco

Welcome to our first Tagine Workshop at our home base Frigiliana on March 22. In Morocco, family and friends gather around a tagine to share a meal. This is where stories are told and people sit and spend time with… Continue Reading →

Moroccan wood screens

Special order your Moroccan wood screens hand made by our talented artisan Noureddine Afia in Chefchaouen. Here are a few examples of his work: Prizes start a 70€ + shipping.  

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 →

Sana Saida – Happy New Year

A new year begins and a blank calendar to fill with new adventures, meetings with great people and lessons to learn. We look forward to a new year with you. This year we continue to Live to Love the Road… 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 →

Common Ground to focus on entrepreneurship 2016

Proud to launch this new chapter on our journey to Live to Love the Road. Amazed on how far love and believing in the good in the world have gotten us with Common Ground. So many smiles, obstacles conquered, tears,… Continue Reading →

Smedingeskolan supporting Darna and Common Ground

Our young heroes and partners at Smedingeskolan 7A with their teacher Malin Jeppsson have given so much positive energy this fall to our community building project Common Ground. Here they send their happy hello to all the children at Darna…. 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 →

Special orders – Moroccan personal shopper

We will be more than happy to help you find your personal Moroccan artisan goods for your home, as a gift or to start an collaboration with a local artisan in Morocco. Over the past years, we built a reliable… Continue Reading →

Thank you for the first year support to Common Ground

A year ago on October 1, 2014, we started the Common Ground community building project together. A year later, we proudly sum up the events in this video of our work building global bridges with edcuation, entrepreneurship and storytelling. By… Continue Reading →

On the mountain top – where are you?

Good morning world from a Chefchaouen that welcomes us with blue, clear skies matching the color of the city set in the mountains in front of me. I sneak out after the morning prayers woke me up around 5.30 am…. 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 →

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 →

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 →

A Skype on Thinking Day with Askims Sjöscoutkår

A great part of running Common Ground are the global conversations and educational processes we get to join in. Yesterday, I talked to a group of scouts at Äventyrarna in Askims Sjöscoutkår. The scouts will soon have Thinking Day (February… Continue Reading →

To give is the greatest gift of all.

One week ago, I said farewell to my father. He passed away quickly due to lung cancer. We celebrated his life and his laughter. Life teaches you to focus on the core. Life again taught me to keep giving to… Continue Reading →

Bridging cultures with online classrooms

In 1996, I started working at the Adams Center for Teaching Excellence at Abilene Christian University as a producer. At this point, a junior Electronic Media student, I eagerly joined forces with talented people like KB Massingill, James Langford and… 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 →

Iron heart-shaped hook

Hand forged heart-shaped hook in iron. Made by Abdellah Zroudi, local blacksmith in Chefchaouen, Morocco. ​”My dream is to continue designing and working as a blacksmith. One day, I want to get married.  I need to raise the money for… Continue Reading →

Moroccan mosaic table

Beautiful handmade Moroccan outdoor table. Made of mosaic and concrete in a black painted steel frame. Iron base is included in the price. Other designs and colors available. Diameter: 120c Height: 70-75cm with a high iron base Weight: ~100kg  … Continue Reading →

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