The one question that’s been plaguing humanity (for about as long as humanity has been around to be plagued) would have to be: why can we all not just get along? A wise person who definitely wasn’t Ted Cruz once said that in order to be a decent person, you need to be a short-term pessimist and a long-term optimist – in other words, fight against the rubbish happening right now because you believe things can be better.
And one place fighting against the rubbish in the most delicious possible way is the village of Binissalem in Mallorca. Once a year, on the third Friday of September, the whole town gathers to have one big street dindins together. And it’s not just locals taking part in the revels. So many people flock to Binissalem to join the ‘Sopar a la fresca’ that for one night only, the population of the town swells from 8,000 to a whopping 20,000 people. Which sounds like a potential logistical nightmare, but because everyone brings their own furniture, and immediate neighbours organise the food they’ll share with each other well in advance, everything takes care of itself.
The result is an evening of such warmth and comradery that the town feels its effects all the year round. Something the rest of us suckers having meals inside our own four walls every night could do well to replicate.