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  1. This is the area of the city where most of the buildings have been restored.
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611 Island Fun
Shuan talks about the first stop on his cruise, Keywest.

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The buildings in Key West are actually constructed out of stone and wood.

What something is 'constructed' out of is what is used to make or build it. Notice the following:

  1. When was your house constructed?
  2. Most of the buildings in this area are constructed with cement so they stay cool.

historical buildings

The structures are constructed to look like historical buildings.

A 'historical building' would be one that was built a long time in the past or was important in the past for some reason. In this case, the buildings weren't actually old, but were constructed to look the like original buildings. Notice the following:

  1. This is one of the most famous historical buildings in this area.
  2. You can spend about a week looking at all the historical buildings around the city.


I'm not sure if Key West is a US territory or not.

If an area of land is a 'territory' of another country, it means that the other country owns it. A territory is usually separate from the mainland of the country that owns it. Notice the following:

  1. This half of the Virgin Islands is owned by the U.K.
  2. Puerto Rico is actually a U.S. territory.


Besides the buildings, is Key West a good place for adventure?

'Besides' can be replaced with 'other than.' Todd is using the word 'besides' to ask for additional interesting things about Key West that are different from the buildings. Notice the following:

  1. Besides your family, did anyone else come along?
  2. There isn't much to do here besides walk on the beach.


I was really sunburned because I spent too much time on the top deck of the cruise ship.

When you spend a lot of time in the sun and you are not protected with sunscreen, you will get sunburned. This happens when your skin turns pink and hurts. Notice the following:

  1. You should put a hat on. I think you're getting sunburned.
  2. My feet actually got sunburned from being out on the boat all day.