Fortunes, Fermented Rice Drinks and a Public Transportation Fail

The makings of an epic New Year’s Day!

Shimogama-Jinja Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

As my travel schedule would have it, I arrived in Kyoto, Japan 2 days before the start of 2020. In my “real life”, the one I left behind to travel the world for a year, NYE would usually consist of concerts, house parties, or trips to new countries or cities — all in the name of ringing in the new year! Now residing…