December 27th 2008. Logan Airport.
When I approached the currency exchange kiosk at the airport, I didn’t know much about Ukrainian mula. Their currency is the hryvnia – pronounced “grivna.” When I traded my $220 the exchange rate was 6.8 so I got 1,500 hryvnia. It’s been fluctuating pretty wildly in the past few months. According to moderately reliable sources, it’s been down as low as 10:1 (UAH:USD) and as high as 4:1.
After I took the 1,500 hryvnia, I casually asked the woman which, of the currencies she exchanged, was the most infrequently requested. She responded “This Ukrainian Hryvnia.”