What’s on your summer bucket list?

Baby Olive Ridley sea turtle emerge from their nest at Ostional beach on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)
Baby Olive Ridley sea turtle emerge from their nest at Ostional beach on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Austin 360’s recent cover story about our staff’s summer bucket list includes everything from releasing baby sea turtles in South Padre Island to taking the family to a drive-in movie at the Blue Starlite Drive-In theater.

Here are a couple of things I’m looking forward to checking off my summer bucket list:

Learning a new language

Ever since I wrote a story last summer about Austin’s growing Brazilian music scene, I’ve been obsessing about music sung in Portuguese, which has led me to wonder about all these wonderful lyrics I’m missing out on. This summer, you’ll find me listening to Portuguese for Spanish Speakers podcasts and hopefully taking a class as well. Then, it’s off to practice my skills in the fall with a trip to Portugal.

Catching more local music

Spring and fall music festival seasons often shine a spotlight on national and international artists. But our local musicians need love, too, and summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the local acts who stay here to brave the heat. My plan is to make a list of all the local Latin music bands that I haven’t had a chance to check out yet and catch as many shows as possible.

What’s on your summer bucket list? Let us know in the comments section.

Author: Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

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