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ended up • looked into • drinking hole
coal-heated • see nothing
  1. Things that are cause a lot of pollution.
  2. Driving through some states you can for hours.
  3. The people want the government to make a new for the town.
  4. I many different universities, but I liked this one the best.
  5. I knew we were lost when we back where we started.
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19 The Train Trip

Devon talks about his train trip across Russia.

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end up

I started in Moscow, traveled through Russia, Mongolia and ended up in China.

If you 'end up' in a place it is your final destination.  It is where you stop traveling. Notice the following:

  1. How did you end up back at your house?
  2. We ended up eating at the McDonald's down the street.

looked in

I looked in, I researched the trip for several months before I actually took it.

When you 'look into' something you find out information about it, ask questions and do research.  Notice the following:

  1. When we looked into his background we discovered that he was a criminal.
  2. I need you to look into a solution for this problem.

drinking hole

Wild camels around a drinking hole.

A 'drinking hole' is literally a hole in the ground that has water in it.  It's like a well or a fountain with water at the surface.  These can be natural or constructed. Notice the following:

  1. There are very few drinking holes in the desert.
  2. Every day the women walk to the drinking hole to get water.


Sometimes they were coal-heated which is the most basic you can get.

When the black rocks, 'coal', are burned to make heat, whatever they are heating is 'coal-heated.' Notice the following:

  1. The cabin was coal-heated so the air was very smoky.
  2. Very few houses are coal-heated anymore.

see nothing

For miles around you could see absolutely nothing.

When you 'see nothing' it means that there is absolutely nothing to look at. Imagine you are driving in a desert and see no trees or animals, only sand.  That is basically seeing nothing. Notice the following:

  1. It can be scary when you are in a boat and see nothing around you, only water.
  2. I was looking in the sky, but I could see nothing like he was describing.