It turns out that it’s quite hard to change Ukrainian Hryvnia back into your local currency. Apparently you need to get a special form to do it, which seems to be about as common as a Ryanair refund.
Given that quite a few of us aren’t that likely to return to Ukraine any time soon, it implies that there’s quite a lot of paper money sitting around various Perl monger’s desks, drawers etc, not earning its keep. For each individual it’s not much in value, but I suspect that all together it adds up to a few thousand Pounds/Euros/Dollars etc. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian central bank is very happy about all currency it got in return for selling us [its] bits of paper.
So I thought that it would be a good idea if we put the notes carefully to one side, and then all took them to Sophia next year, where at YAPC::Europe 2014 someone from Kiev can come with a big bucket, collect the money, and take it back to do useful things with it.
I assume that the intervening events have not made changing the currency any easier…