If you travel with kids, or a priest that has to go the bathroom constantly, you need to have toilets readily available.
In Amsterdam, I guess men peeing everywhere was a real problem because they have open urinals all over the streets. They are these gray boxes with four open stalls. The drainage for these stalls goes directly into the canals. We were all fascinated with these things. My priest upon first seeing them stated, “who would use these? Gross!” Fast forward two hours later after he had two coffees. He ran from us and headed straight to an open air urinal. Maggie ran after him to take a picture. He was mortified. We were happy.
We took a picture of him pretending to pee earlier. A picture I promised never to share.
Anyway, my point is for men at least Amsterdam provides options. For women, we have to pay for every toilet. Even some restaurants don’t provide free toilets. We went to a rest stop on the highway. We got a Starbucks coffee and went to use the restroom. We encountered a turnstile at one rest stop. It was €1 per person and children to use the bathroom. The only exception was if the kid could fit below a wooden cut out. None of my children fit, but I refused to pay for Pippa and I made her sneak under.
The Dutch are pretty cool. They ride bikes like champions. They are super environmentally friendly. They eat some sweet food, but why won’t they let us use the bathroom? Calling it a cut name like “pipi” doesn’t help either.