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Summer and school is out in Tagounite.
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2 weeks ago

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Happy International Camel Day 2020. Missing my fury friends here in Sweden and remembering all the good times. If you have a camel nearby, treat it to some orange peels. Live to Love the Road.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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When you sit still and let the path of life unfold in your heart. 
Dear Frigiliana, you gave me and the family all we could ever dream of moving to and living in a Mediterranean/Andalucian village. I carry each park, fiesta, cafe con leche, smiling neighbor and mountain top in my heart forever. 

Live to Love the Road.

When you sit still and let the path of life unfold in your heart.
Dear Frigiliana, you gave me and the family all we could ever dream of moving to and living in a Mediterranean/Andalucian village. I carry each park, fiesta, cafe con leche, smiling neighbor and mountain top in my heart forever.

Live to Love the Road.
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You're round our neck of the woods now! 😊

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Our handmade tiles from Tangier in an almost finished bathroom in Göteborg, Sweden. Happy to see the finished result. Enjoy your new space.Image attachment

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1 month ago

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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 ready to conquer the world eager to sell more and develop their dream projects. We were supposed to meet in person in April, but a Zoom lunch had to become the substitute.You impressed me with your clarity and ingenuity in your online channels. Stand tall and take a bow. In my years abroad, I have really missed the power of action, meeting management and the wealth of innovation that Sweden possesses. In so many meetings over the last 7 years, I have been a voluntary Swedish ambassador abroad for these qualities, now I join the home team once more.

Live to Love the Road.
www.vilostrada.com/victoria/global-passionista-heads-north/ (English)
www.linkedin.com/pulse/global-passionista-g%C3%B6r-%C3%A5tert%C3%A5g-till-norr-victoria-ahl%C3%A9n/ (Swedish)

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2 months ago

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By sunset the herd of goats return to the Nomad settlement for shelter for the night. The baby goats reunite with their mamas. The bread is in the making over fire oven, tagine or gamila sizzling on the gas or charcoal. We sit around the fire and share a tea. Life slows down. Together under the starlit sky. Peace. 
Ramadan Mubarak dear friends and enjoy the festivities coming this week. 

#livetolovetheroad #vilostrada

By sunset the herd of goats return to the Nomad settlement for shelter for the night. The baby goats reunite with their mamas. The bread is in the making over fire oven, tagine or gamila sizzling on the gas or charcoal. We sit around the fire and share a tea. Life slows down. Together under the starlit sky. Peace.
Ramadan Mubarak dear friends and enjoy the festivities coming this week.

#livetolovetheroad #vilostrada
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2 months ago

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I asked my talented daughter Maj to interpret into art ”Live to Love the Road”. 
What is your definition, thoughts on the sentence? I need your input for the book with the same title. 

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I asked my talented daughter Maj to interpret into art ”Live to Love the Road”.
What is your definition, thoughts on the sentence? I need your input for the book with the same title.

#vilostrada #livetolovetheroad
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It's not the goal, it's the journey🤗

2 months ago

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The road ahead demands change. This is my definition. What is yours?

Change is looking for the road forward. To change is to follow that road and allow whatever happens to take place. To meet all new challenges with a smile and open mind, knowing that first impression is not always the correct one and most likely spent from an emotional version that may not reflect the reality. Change is powerful and keeps us and me alive. I thrive in this environment and see it as an adventure. This time, change came where I never in a million years would have seen it coming. Change, right now, kicked me in the stomach hard and floored me. My willingness to survive made me realize that the only way change and I will be good friends again is if we collaborate. So let us do this. Together, we are stronger. 
Live to Love the Road.

#livetolovetheroad #vilostrada

The road ahead demands change. This is my definition. What is yours?

Change is looking for the road forward. To change is to follow that road and allow whatever happens to take place. To meet all new challenges with a smile and open mind, knowing that first impression is not always the correct one and most likely spent from an emotional version that may not reflect the reality. Change is powerful and keeps us and me alive. I thrive in this environment and see it as an adventure. This time, change came where I never in a million years would have seen it coming. Change, right now, kicked me in the stomach hard and floored me. My willingness to survive made me realize that the only way change and I will be good friends again is if we collaborate. So let us do this. Together, we are stronger.
Live to Love the Road.

#livetolovetheroad #vilostrada
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Deux oiseaux.

Un saludo a May del parte de Alejandro Grommen

Sötnosar***

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

If not now, when?

We will connect our common ground with the world, give them other possibilities. You as a supporter, we need you. Cheer us on, share your knowledge, share our story, imagine and innovate your ideas = JOIN US #commonground. Vilostrada teamed… Continue Reading →

Inspiration building Common Ground

“Common Ground” is a project idea created by Joakim and Victoria Ahlén, the founders of Vilostrada – a social business dedicated to do good in Morocco through trade. It is the continuation of the Akerate School Project. Together, we provide… Continue Reading →

A dream of great opportunities in Akerate

Fall means school start. Our children start September 10 here in Frigiliana, Spain. Their old school friends at Pontos started all ready last week. Maj will start first grade and for her the new school bag and pen pocket ranks… 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 →

A Skype call or magic?

Full published article in Internetworld – Ett Skype-samtal eller magi? I am surrounded by boisterous, happy school children, 60 Moroccan children in the countryside of northern Morocco. A girl named Yasmine, 7 years old, smiles and giggles with her classmates. She… Continue Reading →

Laughter and Love

  Their laughter fill the air. Happiness in my heart and soul. Joy sometimes spreads so easy. HAPPY FRIDAY. More photos from our meeting with the Akerate schoolchildren in a Vilostrada Facebook-album>> Share your joy, hello, greeting to children using… Continue Reading →

The Link to a Sustainable Future

My last evening in Dardara, I get invited to visit one of the families that live in village in Akerate. A small group of houses in the mountains off the beaten track with gorgeous views of the hills and Chefchaouen… Continue Reading →

Social entrepreneurship, good business for all

Early morning, the journey begins to meet the people I love and the children we all work hard to connect. The drive is about 7 hrs door to door with as passage cross the Mediterranean Sea to Tanger.  A road,… Continue Reading →

First we changed and then our school changed.

Preparing for my trip to meet the school children, I have been in contact with global mobile learning experts. Humbly, I thank all of you for your assistance so far and willingness to add LOVE – SUSTAINABILITY – FUTURE to… Continue Reading →

Pontos encourages understanding of other cultures

In the Akerate School Project, we plan to share our knowledge of mobile learning with the the school and connect them with the world. We can learn from each other. 
Understanding each other’s cultures is enabling peace. Two weeks ago I… Continue Reading →

I wonder what games they play in Akerate?

Maj, 5 years: “The children just had a roof on their school. It was fun to meet them. They boy who received the gum boots was happy. I got a warm feeling in my heart. The children did not have… Continue Reading →

Akerate Victor

Victoria Ahlen is one of the founders and the driving force behind Vilostrada. Her name deriving from the Roman goddess of victory, reveals that she is as close to an earthly half-god you can get. In her previous commitment she´s… Continue Reading →

Hard working women

Today I give all my love to each hard working woman waking up at 4 am to start the fire and prepare breakfast for her family. I salute the woman who works all day in the field with a pickax…. Continue Reading →

Who ever gives, receives

This January Wictoria Ostrelius came with me to Dardara, Chefchaouen in Morocco. During the spring we keep a secret collaboration project cooking. You will soon know more here on the Vilostrada blog. “To create and at the same time enable the… Continue Reading →

Jasmine – connecting to a global community of women

We look to the future on Women’s Day. In our hearts we go to work each day for our children, the children of the world. Since we met Jasmine, 7 years old, and the other 60 students in Akerate in… Continue Reading →

Honoring women

We honor women (#womensday). We honor hard working ladies during eight days. We honor their talents and their skills. We honor their passion and love. Let Women´s Day March 8 symbolize sustainability, love and respect for each other. 10% on… Continue Reading →

Building peace in the minds of men and women

Walking into the UNESCO building adds a sense of completeness. No rain or grey skies can take away the feeling that a childhood dream of peace will happen. I know that teachers like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela enforced my… Continue Reading →

Our future. Our reason – sustainability – VILOSTRADA

VI – vive la vie. Live your life and make the most out of it. #viva LO – love. The meaning of life. Love yourself. Love the world. Love others. STRADA – road. A road for us means adventure. A… Continue Reading →

Akerate – meet the future of Morocco

Now we launch a collaboration program where worlds meet and education is key. The future of Morocco will close in on the world. We dream of a sustainable solution where Vilostrada and friends act as the spark and enablers. We dream… Continue Reading →

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