Aug 6, 2020 • 4M

Couchfish Day 91: The fiery furnace

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The Couchfish podcast. Following a day by day itinerary through Southeast Asia—for all those people stranded on their couch.
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No, this isn’t the tale of yet another guesthouse fire. Rather, a visit to Hỏa Lò—better known to visitors as the Hanoi Hilton.

Maison Centrale, as the French colonialists knew it, came in to being in the late 19th century. Before the jail, Phu Khanh, a village known for ceramics, kettles and stoves, had occupied the spot in Hanoi’s southern outskirts. I…

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