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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 →

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 →

Common Ground Art Project 2016

Would you like to join our Art Challenge to find Common Ground 2016? Sign up for more information in this form. You will hear back from us shortly. The project will ask you to electronically or virtually produce 5 pieces… 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 →

Summary of Julakuten 2015

Julakuten‘s, a fundraiser benefitting 300 children at Assocation Darna, goal on November 28-29, 2015, was to raise 2 140€ (20 000 SEK) to pay for school material and a safe environment. We surpassed our goal and raised 2 390 € (22… 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 →

Family teambuilding 7 m up in the air at Pindongos

As Christmas and the year end draws closer when we travel to two different countries, we as a family wanted to enjoy a day out on an adventure together. We have overcome many obstacles together as a team since our… 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 →

We like to help others

This morning I had the huge honor to visit Skanörs skola in southern Sweden. I met young heroes who helped raise money last Christmas for Common Ground. They also connected with students in Akerate over Skype calls and sent exchanged knowledge. A… 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 →

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 →

Julakuten benefits 300 children at Darna

Help us create safe children and give them education for a bright future. Our annual fundraiser is booked at Båt- och Sjöfartsmuseet in Onsala, Sweden November 28-29 . With our Common Ground partners in Sweden, we aim to raise 20 000… 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 →

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 →

World citizienship – school starts and Common Ground finds new fuel

Welcome to a group of students in 7th grade at Smedingeskolan in Fjärås, Sweden. Their warm hearted energy to educate and be educated in world citizienship. This summer Victoria and Joakim got truly inspired by Johan Rockström summer pod on… 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 →

Julia and Ebbas trip to Morocco

Julia and Ebba, 14 years old traveled with me and their mothers to Dardara-Chefchaouen-Tanger this past long weekend. Here they blog about their journey: On Wednesday afternoon about 6 p.m, we were on our way to the airport were we… Continue Reading →

Common Ground collaboration for education and sustainability

Four girls co-wrote the first five chapters in a digital book called Common Ground with the tool Kissa created by Estiféda. You will be able to view them soon. Four young heroines started sharing stories from everyday life and technology… Continue Reading →

Nour shares her first day at Unesco Mobile Learning Week

Nour Essoukri, 11 years, co-writer of the digital Common Ground book #commongroundkissa,  writes after attending the Mobile Learning Week as the youngest participant today: “Aujourd’hui, j’accompagné papa à l’UNESCO pour son travail. J’ai rencontré deux de ses collègues. Victoria m’a… 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 →

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 →

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 →

40 good deeds and a new beginning

We can change the world. We should laugh every day with people we love. Today marks the celebration of 40 great years in my life with people I love and living in a world I love. Together we can easily… Continue Reading →

The light in me sees the light in you

Yoga to support Common ground – During this autumn I’ve been teaching free yoga classes to a group of teachers at a school. I handed out information about Vilostrada and Common Ground with option to donate. After the last session… Continue Reading →

Running water continues the sustainable road

Some days the challenge of building sustainable bridges overwhelms. Great obstacles ahead of us, and we have our small resources to rely on. One school with 60 children, teaches me daily to stay focused on the road ahead. Sometimes, I… Continue Reading →

School lunch enables education

“A daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and keep them there”, says World Food Programme. “They allow children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs and boost their education by increasing school… Continue Reading →

Vilostrada – December short stories

In 24 short chapters, we share stories of building Vilostrada on our facebook page. Come close, meet the artisans, our family and stories from the heart. A chronology from the start: We started Vilostrada in August 2014. VI(va) + LO(ve)+STRADA =… Continue Reading →

Julakuten 19-20 dec i Onsala

Saknas julstämningen? Behöver du hjälp att slå in dina julklappar? Några presenter kvar att fixa? Julgodiset ogjort? Välkommen den 19 december kl 14-19 och den 20 december kl 11-16 till Sjöfartsmuseet i Onsala. JULAKUTEN fixar det sista stöket med dig. . Och… Continue Reading →

600 wonderful Vilostrada fans

A wonderful morning to wake up and find our 600th fan on our Facebook page. Hug a friend, love a child, share a smile – we promise to do all of the three with you. Thank you all for supporting our work with… Continue Reading →

Vilostrada recruits local talent

Meet Roumaissae Moumen, 19 years from Chefchaouen. She joined the Vilostrada team as a translator and communications assistent on November 7. “As-salam alaikum wa rahmatu allah wa barakatuh (peace be open you). This is what I was born for al… 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 →

Adam – my life

My hobbies are soccer, badminton, sport computer games guitar have some fun with friends and painting =p. My dream is to be a soccer pro or sport designer. My favorite food are sushi taco and pizza. I live in Sweden and I am… Continue Reading →

Share your knowledge

HOW TO Upload an image, text, video, record a Skype Classroom session Mark it #commonground. Make sure you get our attention: Follow us @vilostrada on Twitter and Instagram, tag Vilostrada when you upload like Vilostrada Facebook, page, tag Vilostrada or post… 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 →

Hello from Kottar och frön

– Together, children and teachers, have built a playground in the forest. There is always a long queue to wait for the swing, where the lucky swinger feel the tickling feeling in her stomach :-). Meet our friend Maria Svensson… Continue Reading →

We start with the common – the smile

– I dream of world peace. For as long as I can remember, I believe in the good in our world.  I smile each day and find energy to do by listening to my dream. Believe me, I had critique for… Continue Reading →

Could you start now?

“Kan du redan nu undrar Meja , Ella ,  Ebba , Noa och Hugo?” “Could you start now ask Meja , Ella , Ebba , Noa and Hugo?” First contact with Skanör, Sweden and classes in 4-6th grade over Skype. These… Continue Reading →

Connectivity – Skype Classroom

We look forward to talking to you, sharing knowledge, exchanging every day life activities. Our goal from Vilostrada is to directly connect the Akerate School with the world in the beginning of November. You can schedule a Skype Classroom meeting… Continue Reading →

Inspire and be inspired

“I look forward to inspire and be inspired, meeting new people in another culture”, says Åsa Holmén founder of åh! Betong och Återbruksdesign. Her company started in February 2014 after leaving another career behind. She now follows her passion and designs, produces… Continue Reading →

You do not need so much stuff to be happy

Our son Lucas 9 years shares some thoughts: Q: How has it been to stay in Spain? A: I think it’s been fun to learn a new language and make new friends. Q. What have you learned from being in… Continue Reading →

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