Born there, raised there!!! I left Panama in 1997 after I married an Army soldier. My parents worked for the Canal Zone schools then for DoDDS teaching. I went back in 1999 for my sister's graduation and a mini-reunion of sorts.
My dad just sent me an article from International Living on the land for sale in Chiriqui provence. It's the old banana plantation on the Atlantic side, if memory serves me correctly.
I wish we could go back and leave the US, but my dh's job skills are not in high demand in Panama plus he speaks no Spanish and I have only given going to work full-time in Panama a glimse of a thought after 9/11. I couldn't make enough money allow to live the lifestyle I was accustom to.
I have a few acquaintances still there. I miss it a lot, especially on days where the weather reminds me of Panama. Or I see overseas locations on the new that look a lot like Panama City.
In case any one also born there and raised there reads this thread:
I was born at Gorgas. I lived in Ancon apartments. I lived in Punta Paitilla, Gamboa, Altos del Gulf, El Carmen, and Curundu. We moved a lot with the political turmoil going on, I was there for the invasion. I graduated Balboa HS in '93 and PCC in '95. And went to Nova till we left.
Why are you asking?