It is essential for any modern city to have public loos and urinals, since there is always a chance that nature will call, but walking through Amsterdam, you certainly cannot miss them.

Public urinal in Sarphatistraat, Amsterdam

Public urinal in Sarphatistraat, Amsterdam

Scattered around the city, right in the open you might come across a urinal. Not some little cubicle tucked discretely away in some corner, but often right in the middle of the pavement, and if you are lucky, you might even find one where the wall of the urinal wraps around so at least you have some privacy.

These urinals do pose a rather pertinent question too – it is all very well if you are a man, but what do you do if you are a woman and need to go?

There have been times when I have needed to go, but just could bring myself to actually using one of these.