Cancun - Day 1 / by Anthony Carpinelli

I got hired to shoot a destination wedding outside Cancun, Mexcio. I travel way to much sometimes, I feel. The top of the first world problems pantheon.

I think that the move to Portland has been good for me on a personal level. I've grown and flourished here in under a year. I stayed the night at a buddy's house so we could leave later (if you can consider 5 am later) and I even got home cooked breakfast on the way, and got taken to the airport in a Corvette. I'm not trying to brag, just trying to show it's not what I'm used to. I'm used to trying to do everything myself.

The best part in my opinion about having help is that I find it takes a lot of the anxiety of travel out of the equation for me. I don't know if it's the camera gear or what, but I'm always paranoid about having time to get through TSA, so I show up at the airport 3 hours early like a good little boy, clear TSA in 14 minutes flat and sit around a closed airport for another 2 hours and 46 minutes before I'm the last person to board the plane.

Regardless, I've seen a lot of airports in this world, and I'm always grateful to have PDX as my home base. I had just enough time to catch my layover in Dallas (which sucks because they have a yoga studio in Dallas Fort-Worth now?).

Culture shock is always a thing though. I spent a bit of time in the Cancun airport trying to be sold into a time share and then waiting almost 3 hours for the taxi I reserved. From an American perspective, this is horrible. However, when you aren't in America you can't expect other people to appease you. You should just bring extra food.