Congratulations, Alex. If you can understand a Czech who moved to Australia (I can't even imagine what that must sound like, but it isn't pretty), you can understand anybody speaking English.
I've noticed that the people who quietly go around the world tend to dress completely for comfort and durability, and therefore look like gardeners or librarians.
These pictures remind me of a couple we had aboard last summer for a glass of wine or three. When they had finished cruising the Great Lakes, they simply trucked their boat to the West Coast!