A porter gives me my first greeting as I cross to the Gazan side of the Erez border with Israel.
"You said you'd be back in a couple of weeks, it's been more than a month!"
It's nice to know I have been missed. Strangely, it felt like I was coming home.
In fact, it's been almost two months since I left Gaza, shortly after the end of Israel's offensive on the territory.
Everything looks exactly the same. Everyone looks exactly the same and, worst of all, as I quickly discover, everyone still feels exactly the same - frustrated and isolated.
In two months, there has been no reconstruction, the siege has tightened and Israel has kept its crossings with Gaza almost permanently closed.
However, Israel has made subtle changes in the last few weeks.....