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Meet the Organizer | Shota Gvaramadze | Berlin Region
Regional Organizer: Berlin Germany Shota Gvaramdze • Tell us about yourself: My name is Shota, born in Georgia, the country and not the state (to most people it is clear which Georgia I am talking about as soon as I open my mouth, but for the minority which might still be confused I have to clarify) and recently moved to Berlin. After having spent 2 years in Stuttgart, I decided that I had enough Maultaschen and Leberkäsebrötchen so now I need to catch up on Currywurst. • What got you interested in hosting Thinkers & Drinkers?: I love traveling to places when I can get to know people and culture closely, and since I cannot do that often due to time and financial constraints, next best option is to meet people abroad and question them until they just walk away and never talk to me again. Berlin has always been one of my favorite places in Europe so why not make the experience more diverse by meeting other souls that have ended up in this city with whom I can contemplate why fish cant fly and birds cant swim? • How do you see Thinkers & Drinkers affecting your current community?: If this group is going to help connect like-minded people who enjoy intelligent and fun conversations in an international setting, then I think this group has achieved its goal. In the world where human to human communication becomes increasingly difficult, anything that provides an opportunity to counter this sounds great! • What's a random fact about you that not many people know?: My parents once bought me two aquarium fish. I managed to freeze one of them to death and boil another. Since then the spirits of those fish haunt me in my dreams. • How can people reach out to you if they want?: The best way for people to see me in action is as a pole dancer at one of Berlin’s best gay bars. Is this a joke? You will need to find out yourself. You can also find me on meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Thinkers-Drinkers-International/members/210114838/

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    Worum es bei uns geht

    Building on the success of our 5,000+ members in San Antonio Texas and Stuttgart, Germany, we are a group of locals, internationals and visitors alike who aren't afraid of thinking while drinking.

    We are dedicated to the following:

    Open Communication
    In Person Social Networking
    Adventures
    Community Involvement
    Good Times with Great People

    We are open to anyone with an open mind, drive for new ideas and of course a friendly liver.

    We are currently offering this meetup in English only, but will soon being offering in Deutch as well.

    //Ian & Co.

    **********Reviews of our group:

    * I was new to San Antonio and eager to find a fun, interesting crowd. Enter T&D under the inspired leadership and direction of one Ian C. Perry. It's been a 18 months of great conversations, killer hangs and hilarious misadventures. And I met my best friends and boyfriend through the meetup! These are my kinda people. -- Sherry, 38, Tennessee

    * Thinkers n Drinkers has been a fascinating experience for me. It is a discussion group with a wide range of topics and a diverse group of people that NEVER got heated. Even though the topics can be controversial and polarizing, no one was ever shouted down or became visible angry, only diplomatic and personal conversations. Thinkers n Drinkers is a safe space where one can speak and share freely. Ian is a fantastic facilitator that sets a space that is open and inclusive. All perspectives are welcomed, encouraged and nurtured. The community created through Thinkers n Drinkers lives on outside of the weekly meetings through friendships and adventure outings. Thanx Ian!!!! -- Alexei, 37, Texas

    * Drinkers and thinkers is a place that challenges your thinking and to learn about perspective. I always loved being intrigued by other people's opinions and learn more about the topic of that night. I am more of a listener than a talker but it did make me more confident in speaking and not being judged. Its a great group that I got to experience a few times. -- Juanita, 19, Colorado * The best part about this group is getting to meet really cool people. You get share and express your ideas and opinions on different topics of life and also welcome in new ideas you may never have thought about before. Plus the drinking part is always fun. -- Lacey, 26, Florida

    * It all started a couple years ago with a discussion on what defined happiness. Since being hooked by that enlightenment, I have enjoyed many discussions (with beer in hand) over subjects ranging from relationships and religion to success and money. Sometimes broad like "What is success". Sometimes specific like "Is monogamy necessary in a relationship". I always thought the taboo topic of politics would have made things interesting for the diverse/open minds in the group, but maybe it would have led to unfriending on Facebook, so better left unspoken and we all stay Thinkers, Drinkers and Friends. -- Joe, 63, Texas

    * Moving across the country is like any big change in life. Finding yourself in new surroundings and meeting new people is simple enough however, most often you find yourself having superficial conversations and making light acquaintances. Thinkers and Drinkers was a breath of fresh air. I found myself surrounded by people who like me wanted to have meaningful conversations, people who wanted to delve deeper than the normal light chat we all find in a bar. The group breaks down the barriers by combining fun, social activities like meeting in bars, camping, outdoor activities, coupled with honest exploration of a variety of topics.
    I would highly recommend this to anyone searching for good conversations and great friends. -- Jason, 38, Connecticut

    * Diverse, witty, brain stimulating, and headed by the most awesome Meetup organizer. I miss it tremendously and might move to Stuttgart. Wait no more and join the fun. -- Ikram, 35, Morocco

    * A friend invited me to a Thinkers and Drinkers meet-up. I don't drink, so I was a bit doubtful. I am SO glad I went! The conversation was wonderful, and the people even more so. I've since gone on multiple camping trips and other various T and D events, made new friends, connections, and a slew of inside jokes. The events are always well-organized, and the founder, Ian, is a total hoot. You are and always will be welcome, and he makes sure you know it :) -- Kara, 29, New York

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    Email: ThinkersDrinkersInternational@gmail.com

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