OK, this is my situation:
I have an egyptian friend who I met when he was living in the UK. He went back in 2009 and I have been meaning to pay him a visit ever since. My proposed time of travel will be the Christmas holidays.
Now that I actually have the money and time to carry out my visit the political climate has turned ugly to say the least. However, I am in regular contact with my friend and he assures me that there is nothing to worry about, and that he would tell me otherwise. He has lived in the same apartment in Cairo during his whole time there, it is the same apartment he grew up in, and says that he does not feel in any imminent danger in his neighbourhood.
I have zero interest in being present at, let alone documenting, any riots or demonstrations that may or may not occur during my stay in Cairo. I am 22 years old, half Iranian and have been to Iran many times, and laughed at my English friends' advice to 'stay safe' and be careful - Iran does have it problems but by and large it is a peaceful country. I just want to see my friend who I have not seen in years, any tourist attractions or anything will be a bonus, I'm not overly concerned.
My logic is that it makes more sense to listen to someone who is from Cairo and continues to live there than what the media have to say. Nonetheless, I am ready and willing to book my flights but reading the news reports makes my stomach churn.
So I am calling on the tripadvisor community for some impartial advice - any seasoned travellers with good experience of travelling in Egypt, or Egyptians who understand the implications of travelling there at this time; am I stupid to even consider going to Egypt with things the way they are now? Shall I go for 5 nights in Portugal by the sea instead? Or could I still have an interesting, heartwarming experience with my friend in Cairo despite the events that are unfolding there at the moment? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.