In Georgia, where I grew up, southern hospitality is a way of life. We abide by rules and customs that include being neighborly and welcoming to family, friends, and even strangers. There is definitive qualities Southerners exhibit from politeness to good home cooking that people from all over the United States recognize as distinctly southern. \u201cNow that I\u2019ve been in Addis, the phrase southern hospitality has taken on a whole new meaning.\u201d Maybe it\u2019s Ethiopia\u2019s collectivist culture that makes the warmth and generosity of the city so tangible. According to psychologist Geert Hofstede, who developed a cultural dimensions theory for cross-cultural communication, Ethiopia scores low on individualism, meaning there is a sense of loyalty even in extended relationships. That certainly has been my experience. Here are some of my experiences of Ethiopian hospitality in my first two weeks working and living in the capital. Cooking This first couple of weeks would not have been as a smooth a transition without the generosity of our wonderful aunties. They\u2019ve come to our house to cook us pots and pots of food (I\u2019m sure to turn around at the end of these 6 months and say \u201cweyne chemersh eko\u201d). Others have hand delivered lunch to our workplaces \u2013 and would not leave until they have watched us finish every last bite. They have all around made sure we are taken care of and well fed. Politeness Saying \u201csir\u201d and \u201cma\u2019am\u201d comes very naturally to me. Here, I\u2019ve seen strangers at restaurants (or anywhere really) refer endearingly to one another as \u201cenat\u201d and \u201caba.\u201d Even in hurried conversation, a quick \u201cyene konjo\u201d at the end will have me forgetting I just met that person a few hours ago. Helpfulness I will say I don\u2019t think I was prepared for the craziness that is Addis\u2019s transportation networks. In my helplessness, complete strangers have come to my rescue. If the first person I ask doesn\u2019t know, they\u2019ll ask the nearest walker-by, then someone else who has overheard our conversation may chime in. People have literally come out of their cars to help our RIDE drivers find the obscure location. Asking someone for directions soon becomes a community event. These first two weeks have reminded me that it is people who get you through tough transitions. I understand that, while this is the place I was born and have ties to, I may look or talk differently than the masses. I\u2019m the outsider, or as one guy put it, \u201cye habesha ferenge\u201d in Ethiopia. \u201cNevertheless, I am grateful for the people, family and stranger alike, who have made me feel like I have indeed returned home.\u201d The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Ethiopian Diaspora Fellowship the organization and the leadership.