We’re StripedCat and MeinMann, also known as (RC)^2.  We live in Rome and, ab und zu, in Berlin.

Magic quality of light, splendeur et décadence on one side.

The making of Europe’s capital and a strong sense of future, on the other one.

Difficult to say which city we like best. We like both, and try to make the most of them.


as of October 2011 we moved to Dusseldorf, Germany. should we change the name of the blog to BerlinDusseldorfExpress? I don’t think so… 😉


as of October 2015 we’ve become even more schizophrenic because now we live between Dusseldorf, Leeds and Berlin. Blimey! But when you have espresso machines and moka in every town, it’s getting better. Pity we cannot have our cats always with us! they stay grounded in Dusseldorf (indeed, they are the wisest of all…)



15 Responses to “About”

  1. October 3, 2008 at 21:26


    thanks for the articel.

    we are no longer bavarazzi. but we will go on with our music under a different band name 2009….

    JP & Facio

    “Reggae Muchacha”

  2. January 4, 2009 at 03:58

    love the photo! nice to find you!

  3. 3 stripedcat
    January 4, 2009 at 13:50

    eh eh! thank you Jamie! magic quality of light Made in Italy…motorbike Made in Berlin!! 😀

  4. June 1, 2009 at 10:09

    ciao! i live in rome and i’m planning to move [to emigrate?] to berlin. i’ve found your blog surfing ‘ab und zu’, and i think that’s definitely become a basic resource for me!
    i don’t think i’ll go there on my motorbike, but i’ll keep your blog in mind where i do 😉

    if you’d like to spend a couple of hours telling me about berlin before i live, i’d be very glad too meet you somewhere!

    thanks in advance,


  5. November 24, 2009 at 10:56

    Guys – loving it that you quite regularly quote from my Monocolums but please do me a favor and spell my name correctly: It’s “Markus” as you can see in the byline. 🙂

    Excellent blog, keep up the good work!

    Markus Albers, Berlin

  6. 6 stripedcat
    November 24, 2009 at 23:44

    Hi Markus,

    thank you for pointing that out…typo corrected!

    I had a look to your website: not only Monocle but also Brand Eins is among our favourite mags! will keep on following you on paper and online!


    StripedCat + MeinMann

  7. November 25, 2009 at 07:51

    Hi, StripedCat + MeinMann,
    thanks for the correction and for the compliment. Really have to give it back. I’ve subscribed to your RSS-feed now to leran about Berlin via Rome. Strange, modern times we live in … 🙂


  8. 8 stripedcat
    December 1, 2009 at 07:22

    I loved your Digital Naives article for its bauhaus feeling…”form follows function”. Or rather, twit follows function (otherwise better keep silent)!



  9. November 24, 2010 at 04:21


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    Beaudon Spaulding

  10. January 15, 2012 at 14:12

    This is new Musette’ s address:

    Mi mancano molto i vostri sguardi romani. Vi auguro un good time a Dusseldorf
    See you soon

  11. 11 stripedcat
    April 17, 2016 at 00:55

    ciao musette roma manca anche a noi….

  12. 12 stripedcat
    April 17, 2016 at 00:56

    Hi Markus long time no seen 😉

  13. 13 Markus Albers
    April 18, 2016 at 08:20

    Yes, indeed! How are you guys? 🙂

  14. 14 stripedcat
    April 20, 2016 at 22:12

    Hi Markus, very well und selbst? 😉 as you see we are now more DùsseldorfLeedsExpress 😉 but always frequentlz in beautiful Berlin, luckily 😉

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