“Tell me again,” says the puzzled voice on the cellphone. “You want to bring a donkey into Georgia?”
“No—a cargo mule.”
“You know—when you mate a horse with a donkey.”
“I know what a mule is.”
It is Nika Zurashvili.
Nika—an employee of a friend of an acquaintance of a colleague. At the behest of his boss, David Lordkipanidze, the director of the National Museum of Georgia in the distant capital of Tbilisi, and at the request of the Georgian ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Archil Gegeshidze, and also at the polite urging of the National Geographic Society, of Washington, D.C., Nika has been saddled with a delicate and ...