The Pettah Market is an open market in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Most of the businesses in Pettah are dominated by Muslim traders who specialize in gold and jewelry shops. With a lust for adventure, myself and 2 friends spent the morning perusing the streets, ingesting massive quantities of Sri Lankan street food, sweating and snapping photos. It’s not always easy to fully immerse yourself in a another culture, especially when your are traveling in groups. I discovered the Pettah Market to be an authentic taste of Sri Lankan culture. The streets were bustling but no one was too busy to chat, pose for photos or simply smile. Sometimes, as a tourist, that is all I need to feel welcomed.