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Day Three: Barcelona

Posted on Monday, September 6th, 2010

Dave!Um. What the heck is happening back home?

Reading the news, it looks as though stupidity has escalated at an alarming rate after I left. Just when I think blatant dumbfuckery has reached its peak, I see that a Christian minister is planning on burning the Qur'an. Forget about the fact that this kind of thing is categorically wrong on every possible level, the people behind this travesty are obviously clueless morons who have no understanding of the consequences of their actions.

The vast, vast majority of Muslims are kind, thoughtful, caring, and wholly wonderful people who want nothing more than to live their lives and practice their faith in peace. Just like most everybody else. But when idiots attack their faith... by ohhh... I dunno... burning their most sacred texts... shit is going to happen. Just like it would for most religions.

Stupidity like this puts American lives in danger. Not just our troops who are serving in Islamic lands, but pretty much ALL of us everywhere. If there is no respect for peoples of all faiths (particularly from those who are leaders of those faiths) then there's no respect for the people who follow them. Without respect, there can be no understanding. Without understanding, there can be no acceptance. Without acceptance, there can be no peace.

And yet I'm sure everybody will still be all shocked when the retaliations hit.

In the meanwhile, I'm going to try and enjoy my vacation the best I can in this sick, sad world.

The symbol of Barcelona would have to be Gaudi's masterpiece... the still unfinished Sagrada Família church. To be honest, it looks much the same as it did when I was last here five years ago, but I'm sure much progress has been made...

Sagrada Família

The interior is just as breathtakingly beautiful as I remember it...

Sagrada Família Interior

Sagrada Família Stained Glass Window

Sagrada Família Interior Columns

Sagrada Família Interior

Sagrada Família Interior

And, despite my fear of heights, of course I had to go up one of the towers...

Sagrada Família Heights

Sagrada Família Overlook

Sagrada Família View

After my pilgrimage to Sagrada Família, I wandered around a bit until I found myself at Parc Güell, another site of Gaudi genius...

Parc Güell

Parc Güell

Parc Güell

Hmmm... that looks kind of like Castle Greyskull!

Dinner was at the Hard Rock Cafe, because I just couldn't help myself.

Tomorrow? More of the same, I'm afraid...

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  1. Sarkawt says:

    Dave, I just want to wholeheartedly thank you for your understanding and your great way of thinking. I just don’t get it why would a Christian minister burn our holy Qu’ran?!?!?! I keep defending Christian people in our country besides everything!!! All I am saying is that there is nothing wrong written about Christianity, but quite the contrary!!!
    As a Muslim myself,I do keep reading the holy Bible too, I read it from time to time, and I would never ever think of burning it precisely because it’s so sacred and millions of people depend on it, so it would be so impudent and impertinent of me to do that!!!
    I Really wish everything is going to be just fine, Dave. Wish you every happiness, my dear friend.

    About your pics, they’re so awesome and wonderful.

  2. Sybil Law says:

    I can’t even discuss the minister without my head exploding, so…
    Gorgeous pictures!!! I love that you share them. 🙂

  3. muskrat says:

    one of my friends is a preacher in gainesville, very near the church referenced above. he’s concerned.

    this makes me regret missing barcelona when we saw madrid and rota in ’08!

  4. martymankins says:

    Wow. Amazing pics. Would love to visit Spain someday in my lifetime.

    As for the fucktard religious freak in Florida, he really need to just go the fuck away and stop trying to gain publicity for his sad, mindless cause.

  5. When I read about the proposed burning of the Qur’an I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. In a way I still don’t believe that someone could be that stupid. I think we might be doomed as a species if this is the level of intelligence humans have reached.

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