It made me realise what it was that I was missing. Sitting on the porch, with my laptop, every day is all very nice but I was yearning for the warmth and smiles that I had enjoyed in abundance at KOTO.
But it seems that in line with the ever-increasing travel coverage in blogs and media, there is also a growing amount of crap spouted. After earlier grumping in the comment section of Gadling, it was this feature that was the straw that broke the camel's back.
From MSNBC, entitled "Tourist Written All Over You".
Incidentally, I brought my old phone with me from Vietnam thinking it would be a simple case of changing the sim card. I took it to a place, they put in a card, and said: "No, this phone no work here".
"But it now working in Costa Rica".
So I bought the new phone instead. It seemed easier and cheaper than relocating or commuting.
Seeing as I've been delayed in Hanoi it's meant writing more about Vietnam than I anticipated.
But tomorrow I will finally leave. Talking today to the kids at KOTO, the wonderful streetkid project that has been my employer for the last two and a bit years, they didn't really grasp that this was it. Time, geography and economics makes it unlikely I will return.
And if I do, I am sure it will never be the same again. Nothing so good can ever be.
Because Vietnam was special. Incredibly so. There my life took a turn that taught me that I can actually make steps like deciding to move to Nicaragua. I realised that this lifestyle, this adventure, it isn't just for other people. I can do it too.
I had a sneaky feeling when I wrote this, that it would come back to haunt me.
It's a short piece I did for Vietnamese travel magazine Pathfinder and it details the fact that expats never can say goodbye. There is an infuriating habit of way too many leaving parties to the point where everyone just wishes they'd finally, once and for all, just go.