Holy cow it's been so long since I've even thought about Alla and the FFXI forums.
A long time ago someone had posted a video on youtube, and I want to say the link was posted on Alla, showing off a bunch of things you might have missed in Vana'diel if you weren't really looking for them. I want to say most of the things in the video were fairly mundane but it was just small touches of detail that SE had added to the game to make the world feel a little more realistic. For example, and this is really the only one I remember, there's an NPC in Selbina (or Mhaura? I can't remember which) that flips a sign when the boat arrives and departs. The video showed that off and it was the first time I had even noticed it.
Anyway, it's probably a long shot but hopefully someone who's still here on these old forums may know what I'm talking about and can help me out. Thanks in advance.