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7 hours ago

Vilostrada
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! 😊

4 days ago

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6 days ago

Vilostrada
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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6 days ago

Vilostrada

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)

#innovation #sweden #global
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2 weeks ago

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

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 weeks ago

Vilostrada
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

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 weeks ago

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

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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Un saludo a May del parte de Alejandro Grommen

Sötnosar***

Deux oiseaux.

2 weeks ago

Vilostrada
Follow the Rain. A few lines from the coming book, Live to Love the Road:

My heart knew, we had come to the end of a chapter, the beginning of a flood. The dam broke and all the water from the rain carried me with it along a hidden stream track, through broken mountains that had been smoothed by water and carried memories of life from times passed. The water carried strength and the end of a search. The rained and the flood cleared the sky.

https://www.vilostrada.com/victoria/follow-the-rain/
#livetolovetheroad #vilostrada

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Follow the Rain. A few lines from the coming book, Live to Love the Road:

"My heart knew, we had come to the end of a chapter, the beginning of a flood. The dam broke and all the water from the rain carried me with it along a hidden stream track, through broken mountains that had been smoothed by water and carried memories of life from times passed. The water carried strength and the end of a search. The rained and the flood cleared the sky."

www.vilostrada.com/victoria/follow-the-rain/
#livetolovetheroad #vilostrada

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2 weeks ago

Vilostrada
When I cannot kiss my favourite camels, I reached out to our Frigiliana lizzard during the daily allowed outside walk. Live to Love the Road. Staying sane and safe friends? 
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When I cannot kiss my favourite camels, I reached out to our Frigiliana lizzard during the daily allowed outside walk. Live to Love the Road. Staying sane and safe friends?
#lockdown
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1 month ago

Vilostrada
My love affair with Morocco began as a dream deep within my heart to be in a world where I could be me. My dreams and curiosity pulled me to head off to world adventure and finding new paths to follow behind each corner. Never really resting, always wanting to know what else there would be to discover.  All ready at age 7, I have my earliest memory of wanting to be an world explorer, a journalist bringing the tales from near and far. At age 14,  I ventured to a summer camp in England for three weeks of adventure. Here I am with my son all ready 15 and my daughter soon 12. The world is locked at the moment, but soon they will define their own dreams and set sail. I can only say. Live to Love the Road.

#lockdown #livetolovetheroad #vilostrada

My love affair with Morocco began as a dream deep within my heart to be in a world where I could be me. My dreams and curiosity pulled me to head off to world adventure and finding new paths to follow behind each corner. Never really resting, always wanting to know what else there would be to discover. All ready at age 7, I have my earliest memory of wanting to be an world explorer, a journalist bringing the tales from near and far. At age 14, I ventured to a summer camp in England for three weeks of adventure. Here I am with my son all ready 15 and my daughter soon 12. The world is locked at the moment, but soon they will define their own dreams and set sail. I can only say. Live to Love the Road.

#lockdown #livetolovetheroad #vilostrada
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Stay safe, take care to you all. Big hugs. Xxxxxx

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Pallet sofa – assembly instructions

This product consists of assembly instructions to build your own pallet sofa from EUR-pallets. The instructions will be e-mailed to you after your purchase. We look to recycle and upcycle things, inspired by Darna, refo and sustainability. This pallet chair… 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 →

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 →

Together – Common Ground – Merry Christmas

    From all of us a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Follow our continued journey on our two facebook sites Vilostrada and Common Ground

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

We made music together – common ground

“We made music together, and it was so special”, says Helena Antoni while visiting the Akerate school for the first time today as a part of the Common Ground project. “The whole experience was absolutely perfect. On both sides, I think…. Continue Reading →

What knowledge will you share?

Launching our project Common Ground. The first chapter. Children play the same games Children draw the same images Children dream the same things Common ground = Diversity + Connectivity + Education We start with: One school – One village –… Continue Reading →

Young friends and supporters of Common Ground

Pontos Pre-school supports #CommonGround. Two young friends and supporters had this conversation with their mother and sister last night while going through the twins old clothes and shoes: Viggo – We can have a garage sale! And I get the… 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 →

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