Margje Koster enters the thrift store with her mobility scooter. "For the distraction," she says. "If I am in a lot of pain, a little distraction is welcome." Koster has been suffering from Lyme disease for sixteen years. The diagnosis of Lyme was only established six years after the infection. "Too late," says Koster, "then your nerves are already irreparably damaged. But now I can function reasonably well with the necessary medication. "
Margje Koster lives nearby. The cycle of Rataplan lies exactly between her home and the supermarket so she pops in regularly. And then she goes looking for presents for her children and grandchildren. “I buy ahead. The things go in my gift cupboard. If you are looking for something specific, it does not make much sense to go to the cycle. You have to bump into it by chance. I used to buy a lot more, especially for my children when they went to live in rooms. Now it's my grandchildren's turn. For me I am no longer so coppery. You get a little detached from all those things when you get older. "