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Our couscous to spice an afternoon with friends!
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Fair trade couscous from our friends in Tagounite to a gorgeous potluck lunch with friends and supporters in Frigiliana! #vilostrada #giveback #shopfair

Säljer du dessa tallrikar Viktoria?

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"There is no difference between people. Everyone is so kind. Four years ago, I saw Tanger for the first time. I still like it a lot and know it even better now." – Maj Ahlén, 9 years.

Traveling adventure widens horizons and instills love for the world. This is our main reason to teach our own children to be world citiziens.

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Two worlds and generations meet in laughter and a conversation on the street in Tangier. Proud of both these ladies and simply smiling because our world is wonderful. Photo: Victoria Ahlén

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We simply love them! Made with artisana love in Frigiliana!
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The Joy of Cooking Together! Tagine season starts with or first Moroccan cookery workshop on April 24. We shared two favourite recipes as well.
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We also sell fair traded, hand made tagines from Oued Laou and clay burners if you want to add to your outdoor spaces/kitchen!

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How much your tagines(two persons)

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Anyone interested in a bargain Berber rug, the one in the photo...? Send me a PM!
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Morocco... you know we love it... waterfalls, medinas, the peace of Sahara! We hope you will join us some day soon!
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Work in progress to move the beauty of Morocco into three bathrooms and add flair to the interior. Nearly done, a few details missing....
Before (to the right) and after ...
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Är det Tadelakt på väggarna? 🙂❤

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Nice improvement! Looking forward to more pictures after you finish up!

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Snyggt!

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Annakarin Sjoberg de kom fram 😉!

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Bring you whole family next year in January / February to the Sahara to explore its magic and exchange culture with our Nomad friends. This is what we call "Education for Life"! Our traveling details to be announced shortly! Photo: Joakim and Lucas Ahlén #tanmirt #education #sahara #morocco #nomad

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Color your spaces and add your style. We help you with ideas! Here are two before and after photos... Get in touch for a quote or to set up a meeting! / Victoria
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The Directory AxarquiaLooks fabulous

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When Frigliana artisana move into a client's flat.... spring happiness. Get in touch to order your favourites to your wanted sizes and ribbon in your chosen color!
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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 →

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 →

Vilostrada Kids share stories from Tanmirt, Sahara

Today Lucas and Maj, our amazing Vilostrada Kids, held presentations about the Vilostrada Foundation’s work in Sahara at CEIP Enrique Ginés, the local school in Frigiliana. Lucas 12 years shares: “I thought it was very interesting and fun to explain… 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 →

Moringa seeds and a birthday party

Today is a great day to plant Moringa seeds as a symbol of love, to give back to the heart of humanity and Sahara with new life. Each seed we plant with my nomad family, will remind us that we… 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 →

Shoes to bring smiles to Sahara

Tuda 4 years smiles with her whole body. She looks with big happy eyes when Maj, our daughter 8 years, walks towards her with a shoebox, wool socks and a yellow teddy bear. The smile creates a ripple effect through… 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 →

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 →

Imagine making an impact no one ever expected

For the next week, I represent Vilostrada and the Vilostrada Foundation as a guiding light for “Living to Love the Road” and “Giving back to the heart of humanity” to 70 delegates at the conference Wisehub. Together we will not… 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 →

Water is life. We dit it! Tanmirt – Thank you.

Water is life! We did it – together! On October 30, 2016, together we funded the Tanmirt Project Step 1 with the nomads. We funded the solar panel fueled pump and 400 m of tube to the nomad school in… 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 →

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 →

Lessons learnt – Live to Love the Road

In August 2013, we turned our world upside down. We embarked on a journey,  a one way flight to Malaga, Spain with eight bags of stuff. Lucas (8 yrs) and Maj (5 yrs) looked to me and Joakim with curiosity and maybe… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Thank you – Tanmirt

by Victoria and Lucas Ahlén (this article will be published in Swedish in En Sueco in June 2016). In March I traveled with my son Lucas, 11 years, on an adventure with a goal to help the children in the desert… Continue Reading →

How the nomad cross led us to Sahara

One of my many days in Chefchaouen our first year, I was in Said Rincon’s store. My eyes caught a beautiful piece of jewelry. This piece became a great friend and a treasure I wear many of my days. This was… Continue Reading →

900 supporters 

Shukran – Thank You – Tack  The supports keeps growing the Vilostrada facebook site. Every like, comment amd shared smile fuels our work and shows us we are in going in the right direction.  Live to Love the Road wherever… Continue Reading →

Costa Women supporting Common Ground

30 Costa Women socializing at newly opened Villa Dolores right outside Torre del Mar.  One of our hostesses Anncatrin Leveland, owner of Villa Dolores,  welcomed all guests with a glass of cava and Swedish tapas served on the terrace overlooking the… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

A recipe for a steaming hot vegetable tagine

Oil your tagine * Cut your vegetables in eatable pieces Fry chopped onions in olive oil. Pile up vegetables with the carrots, potatoes, in the bottom, like a pyramid. Add the softer vegetable on top. Continue the pyramid. Season with… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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