On the Thursday evening after arriving, XR (with XJ) picked me up and we went for a meal at an American style restaurant. (She knows me well). It was a blessing to be eased into the country in this way.
A, YX and PM joined us. YX kindly leant me a phone, with a pay-as-you-go SIM card, which I am using as a wi-fi hotspot for my phone as I am more used to it. This will be extremely useful for finding my way around, keeping in touch with friends and finding out information about places.
We then went for a walk through the Olympic Park and to take a look at the “Bird’s Nest”, because the restaurant was near there.