Countdown: London, England

Cheers, Temple University! I’m Ashlea Flowers, a junior public relations major from the Philadelphia suburbs. The countdown to my semester abroad is quickly coming to an end. With less than 24 hours until I board a plane to the U.K., words cannot describe how excited I am to begin this new adventure abroad! As a…

Cheers, London!

And so the amazing journey has come to an end.  I write this from my hometown of Yardley, PA and I am so bittersweet to be back.  I had the most amazing experience in my time abroad and I am sad that it’s over but I am happy to be home with family and friends….

A Fond Farewell

I am writing this on the heels of my last major assignment as an undergrad. The only way I can sufficiently describe that feeling is it’s kind of like this: My first full day back in America will be my graduation ceremony, and the thought of leaving London is exciting, terrifying, heartwarming and melancholy all…

Giving Thanks in London

One of the hardest parts about being in London for the fall semester was not being able to spend Thanksgiving with my family. My family and I have experienced a very rough couple of months and unfortunately have lost multiple loved ones. The timing was quite unlucky as this was my first Thanksgiving not celebrated…

Happy to Be Here

  Things have been well this week at my internship. The label is sending out press releases to the British music press about a new album by the self-described “dreamy-spaghetti-psychedelic-country-jangle” band Alfa 9. I’ve managed to get a few responses from journalists about reviewing it for their publication. There are also some developments that I…

Adulting: 101

This has been an exhausting but awesome couple of weeks since I last checked in. Every day has been filled with a full schedule but I am handling it pretty well so far. My internship has finally begun and I now know what it’s like to work a 9-5 job every day. In addition, I…

“Hey Hey, My My, Rock ‘n’ Roll Will Never Die”

  This last week was the start of my internship at Blow Up Records. It’s a very lean operation. Mostly I just work with the owner, Paul Tunkin, and one other American intern. Although looking at lots of American indie labels, that’s just the way things tend to be done (DIY or die!). Blow Up…

Greece Lightening

We are officially over half way through this amazing journey! Two weeks ago was midterm week, followed by a weeklong fall break, and now we are about to begin our internships! A lot has happened and it has been quite a rollercoaster, so let’s begin! Two weeks ago were the dreaded midterms. This meant that…

2017 European Tour

(Another blasted customs post, another bloody foreign coast, another set of scars to boast) I got back to London yesterday after a week away backpacking through Europe and staying out in the Welsh countryside of Pembrokeshire. My trip started in Prague, Czech Republic – one of Eastern Europe’s biggest tourist destinations and as I found,…

Star Roving at the Roundhouse

  I wasn’t sure what to expect from Paris, but I’m happy to say I really enjoyed myself. There were a few neat little punk bars along the Boulevard de Clichy in Montmartre and absolutely the most fantastic I can ever recall eating. After a pretty abysmal overnight ride crammed into a bus seat and a…

Au Revoir Paris

It has been quite an exciting two weeks for me! I found out where my prospective internship will be, my parents visited, and I finally went to Paris. We are at the half waypoint of the semester and the experiences so far have been nothing short of amazing. I am very happy to say that…