Homestays Experience in Street (Somerset, UK)

10 diciembre, 2011

This post must be written in English because it’s about my homestays experience in Street on an English course in England. I spent two weeks in Carol’s house in Street, a little town near Bristol and Bath. Carol was my English teacher and my host as well. We spent a really good time together and I learnt lot of things about England.

For two weeks, she taught me for 5 hours per day, she showed me Bath, Bristol, Wells, Glastonbury and Shaftesbury (an unpronounceable noun for me!!). I enjoyed living in the countryside without spanish people and in a friendly atmosphere.

My last week, I spent most of my time with Elli and Ed, Carol’s niece and nephew. They are happy and funny children and we used to play cards (Uno) or board games (Cluedo). We went to shopping as well because Eli is very girly and she loves clothes.

Highlights near Street

Wells is a small and beautiful town in Somerset. The most interesting atractions are Bishop Palace and one of the most beautiful cathedral I’ve ever seen. I enjoyed walking on the gardens and around the town very much.


Glastonbury is another beautiful small town near Street. It’s very popular because it celebrates The Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts at the end of June every year. You can see the Glastonbury Abbey and walk around the big gardens and lake.

Glastonbury Abbey

Also, you can climb up to Glastonbury Tor and visit The Somerset Rural Life Museum, where you can find several old ladies sppining. I tried it and it’s not so easy.

Shaftesbury is another small town an hour from Street. The most important attraction is The Golden Hill, very popular because here was made the most famous Hovis (bread) TV ad in Britain.

The Golden Hill

What can you see in Bristol

Bristol is a big city near Street, and I spent my first weekend in England there because my English course started on Sunday and Ryanair just has flights on Friday and Sunday night. So I stayed in a funny and cheap hostel in the city center. I met four people from Australia, I visited the city (it’s small, beautifull and quiet) and I went shopping. If you enjoy shopping, you must go Cabot Circus.

The main atractions in Bristol are:

  • Bristol Cathedral and the gardens around it
  • Clifton Suspenssion Bridge. An impresive bridge over a forest. Amazing landscape!
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Clifton Suspenssion Bridge

Street, my town

I can’t forget Street. This is the town where Carol lives. It’s quiet, clean and safe. I liked the houses and the pubs. We went to Clarks Museum. Do you know Clarks shoes? Well, the factory is in Street. You can see all kind of shoes in there. It’s interesting if you like fashion and you are a nostalgic like me. Another atraction is the Clarks Village. It’s a big outlet where you can find GAP, Benetton, Bench, Claires… Although I think it’s dangerouse if you enjoy going shopping, hehehe.

Calle de Street

I like to finish talking about my Homestays experience in Street. I looked for the perfect English course and I didn’t want to spend my time with no-English people and much less with Spanish people!! So I decided to choose a Homestays and I know I made the right decision. I’d learnt much more than I thought when I returned to Spain. I have been studying English all my life(like everybody in Spain) and I never saw the results.

On my return, I set myself a goal: the Cambridge First Certificate in English. I took the assessment test, to see whether I was good enough to study for it. Imagine my delight to discover that I have gone past that level. In a few weeks I’m going to start my first Course as an Advanced Level student! And I’m so happy! So I recommend to everyone to try this experience. Thanks Carol!!!!!

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