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anyway • check out • sacrifice
creepy • lose track
  1. Old buildings can be kind of if you are there alone.
  2. I shouldn't buy these jeans, but I will .
  3. Make sure to wear a watch, so you don't of time.
  4. Most of the places that I would like to there are in the jungles.
  5. This was the part of the temple where they did human .
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612 Last Stop - Cancun
Shuan talks about the his time in Cancun, Mexico and his unplanned adventure.

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I shouldn't ... , but I will anyway

I have a really interesting story that I probably shouldn't tell, but I will anyway.

You can use this phrase when you know something is a bad plan, but you are going to do it despite that. Notice the following:

  1. He shouldn't buy another television, but we all know that he will anyway.
  2. I shouldn't eat another cookie, but I will anyway.

check out

We checked out the local sites and went to an old temple.

Used like this, 'check out' means explore or look at. Notice the following:

  1. Did you check out the botanical gardens when you were there?
  2. I want to check out the art museum before we leave.

human sacrifice

They told us that they had human sacrifices in that temple.

'Human sacrifices' are humans that were killed in specific rituals, usually to make gods happy. Notice the following:

  1. The Spanish explorers had big problems with the fact that the Aztecs used human sacrifice.
  2. Archaeologists have found bones from a number of human sacrifices in this area.

creepy

That stuff about offering human sacrifices, it was kind of creepy.

When something is 'creepy' it is scary or makes you feel nervous or afraid. Notice the following:

  1. The way that man is looking at you is really creepy.
  2. This part of the city feels a little creepy to me.

lose track of time

We had so much fun snorkeling that we lost track of time.

If you are doing something fun and you don't realize how much time has passed, you can say that you've 'lost track of time.' Notice the following:

  1. Sorry we're late. We lost track of time.
  2. It is easy to lose track of time when I'm with my friends.