[quote="George_Stegmeir, post:4, topic:323741"]
I date from well before Vatican II, and traveled extensively during the 1950's, 60's and '70's.
When the Mass was in Latin, it made no difference what country you attended it in, because it was the same all over the world. The pronounciation of the Latin words might vary, but if you had a basic knowledge of the Mass, you could understand it.
When I was growing up in the 70's, the parish my grandmother went too was about evenly split between Hispanics and Irish\German. It really didn't matter pre-Vatican II, everyone came to the same Mass.
After Vat-II, the pastor there just switched from the EF Mass to the OF Mass in Latin. Everyone still came to the same Masses like they did before.
Since we often took our grandmother to Mass, I had lots of exposure to the Latin OF Mass.
Later in life, like you, I had to do lots of international travel. Before I would go to a city, I would email the local diocesan chancellery and find out where the Latin Masses were.
In that way, I could fully participate verbally, along with everyone else. I might not get much out of the homily, but all the rest of the Mass, I could understand and follow along with.