MizzNaaa, your post is definitely food for thought. I believe that no one can truly understand a culture/country unless they live there for some length of time ( & even then one may not fully understand). I am sorry you are so stifled & hope that some day you'll find a way to follow your dream of living elsewhere, if you do get the chance to live elsewhere, choose your country wisely All countries have problems in some form or other. We all hoped a new government would improve things for everyone in Egypt & knew it would be a slow process to unravel what had gone before, but if nothing has changed that is really sad and the government is wasting a golden opportunity. One can live & hope that someone or many someones (politicians) will wake up and begin to bring new order for the benefit of the people and country as governments are elected to do what is right & good for the people.
Your Dad sounds like an interesting man and being from a family with both conservative & liberal views has obviously made you who you are today.
Hopefully I will get to go back to Egypt again I loved every minute of time I spent there just 4 short weeks, everyone was kind and we had a wonderful time. I stayed a week with a family in Alex and saw a lot more that I would have on some sort of tour, Even in Cairo we had several opportunities to visit with Egyptian families & we did the touristy things as well of course including a Nile cruise to Aswan, but as foreigners we get to mainly see what is set up for the tourist (we were lucky we managed to delve a tiny bit beneath the tourist surface) & it was those bits of Egypt I truly fell in love with. Thank you for sharing a little of your life with us.