Egypt is safe!
News reports sensationalize protests and prey on fear. Egyptian people are suffering due to the downturn in tourism. Travelers are missing out by avoiding Egypt. Life goes on as usual away from Tahrir Square. Protests are contained, and we would not have known they were happening if we had not driven by. Cairo is full of crazy traffic (take the metro, not a taxi, and be careful when crossing the street!).
Insider Tip:Fridays are the holy day, so banks and money exchanges are closed. Travelers checks are hard to use, & many banks will not cash them. ATM machines are plentiful. Few places take credit cards, and those who do add a fee of 3% or more.