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Global passionista heads north

Hello Sweden. This summer we meet again as I return ready to take on new challenges and develop business with you. Thanks to Founder’s Loft who let me inspire and share wisdom to more than 10 new companies that stand… Continue Reading →

Follow the rain

From my diary and a section of the book “Live to Love the Road” in progress: Magical four days in the desert. In a place, we named Tanmirt. Tanmirt means thank you in Amazigh and also our ground. Your ground,… Continue Reading →

Your dreams deserve to come true

My heart longed for a life where I was allowed to be me. I dreamt of life more outdoors, with more time for my children and simplicity. I dreamt of making a positive impact on the world and teach my… Continue Reading →

Until we meet again

We say goodbye quickly in the center of Tagounite, Morocco, on March 14. My driver all ready has the car running to take me on my journey north. I take a quick look out over the eerie playground that only… Continue Reading →

Traveling in Morocco and Sahara with children

You might want to know that I took my own children into Morocco first time when they were 2 and 5. The people in Morocco have taught them humanity, hospitality and kindness. They became world citizens that meet the world… Continue Reading →

Getting around Morocco

Welcome to the colorful and warmth that is Morocco! Remember to live to love the road. Morocco will embrace you with open arms if you keep your eyes open and smile a lot. You choose the way you travel at… Continue Reading →

Traveling to Morocco by ferry

We get many questions about the best route to go to Morocco. One first piece of advice, is to always compare the prices of the various ferry companies and to book directly with the one you choose online and buy… Continue Reading →

Where the horizon meets the silence

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” –  Paolo Cuelo, The Alchemist (1988) The dust from dry land whirlwinds from the taxi as we slowly make our way up the hills south of… Continue Reading →

Sahara, my love, my one true love

“We love because it is the only true adventure” – Nikki Giovanni The wind catches my black tent and creates a rattling noise. The rays of the sunrise warms the one side of tent tarp that my face is against…. Continue Reading →

Connected Sisters

January 1, 2019, the site Connected Sisters premiered online to support and inspire women communities all around the world. One of the founders, Jodie Welton contacted me in December 2018 asking for an interview. With great honor, I accepted and… Continue Reading →

Together, we make the Sahara Green and Clean

“If you feed the innocent people, kids, you make them happy and bring joy to their hearts. If you ask me the price I would say not even the whole universe is enough.” – Amazigh proverb. Sunday October 21st, the… Continue Reading →

Live to Love the Road – follow our tracks 2017

In collaboration with The Directory magazine 2017, we share stories from our work in Morocco monthly. Here are links to all stories, if you want to hear more, get in touch with Victoria Ahlén to book a coffee, talk or… 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 →

First day of school in Tanmirt Desert Camp

A productive first day of school in the Tanmirt Desert camp with Susan Lock as our artisan instructor from Nerja, Spain. “I traveled here to share my passion for crafts and look forward to exchanging ideas with the Nomads and… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Water and shade

“Salam! At this time of year, the Heat begins.  Many of our friends and family nomads will move closer to the water and shade of trees as it will be very hot during the summer. There is a nomad’s proverb… 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 →

Growing support for Common Ground

Our new desert project Common Ground Tanmirt launched April 6 and is slowly finding its course. We see spring in the air and happily welcome new partners to our network. All people and organisations who like us believe in all… 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 →

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