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Alina Adzika

Alina AdzikaAlina Adzika, born on the 22nd of December, 1990 in Belarus came to international attention when she appeared in numerous videos of a YouTube Channel called Bald and Bankrupt as a traveling companion of a British travel vlogger and author.

She captured the attention of most of Ben's 2.6 million viewers with her great looks, quick wit and unpretentious personality..

Benjamin Rich born July 1st1974, in Brighton, England, began his YouTube channel in June of 2018, documenting the Indian subcontinent and the post-Soviet states.

The channel as of February 2021, has garnered 2.6 million subscribers and over 350 million total views and Ben has added another daily upload channel which is doing well.

On the 12th of April 2018, Rich had released the book The Burning Edge: Travelling Through Irradiated Belarus, under the pen name Arthur Chichester, which describes his experiences travelling through the parts of Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

It is unclear just how Benjamin and Alina became acquainted and when they decided to include Alina in numerous videos of travels in Russia, Belarus, Moldovia, Georgia, the Czech Republic, Cuba, and other locations in Africa such as Mauritas.

Alina AdzikaAnyone who has seen the videos on this YouTube Channel will agree that even though Ben's videos are very engaging and entertaining, the videos with Alina are the crem-de-la-crem.

Alina is without doubt an extremely beautiful girl with massive sex appeal, but there is something more to her that even supercedes her great looks.

There is something about her sense of humor coupled with her delightful personality that captures everyones attention and ellicites a certain awe and respect for her ability to be such an easy-going and down-to-earth kind of girl.

I doubt anyone could watch any of the videos that include Alina and click away even seconds before their end.

She simply has that kind of presence that makes one immediately like her. She has the kind of personal presence that would have her making extremely good money if she were to start her own YouTube Channel.

Although she does have a more personal kind of YouTube Channel where she has posted a variety of videos about the political turmoil in Belarus and of her adventures and travels.

But it is not done like the other YouTube Channels that generate millions of page views. But then Alina is not chasing money or trying to be famous - she is already far ahead of the game by simply being herself.

Alina AdzikaOne of her own videos was at Iztaccíhuatl Volcano in Central Mexico - located on the border between the State of Mexico and Puebla within Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park.

Her video is of a two day climb she went on to the volcano and carried her own gear instead of booking one of the more fancy and costly guided tours where they carry it all for you.

She also has video of scubadiving with seals in the ocean, another of jumping into a frozen river in Belarus in the middle of the winter in a bikini and a small video clip shot in Bolivia of two Bolivian traveling women on a handmade reed catamaran.

Another video is of Alina repelling down a rock cliff in front of a massive waterfall and another of her dancing moves in a bikini contest in Belarus.

She also documented political protests and the police brutality in Belarus during the latest elections. Click Here to see her YouTube videos.

In fact, I always wondered why she hadn't started her own commercial channel or why network television executives weren't pounding on her door. She certainly could draw a massive audience - whether it be on YouTube or on traditional network television.

Alina AdzikaBut no, in fact Alina is a Masters educated structural engineer with a Masters in Architecture who works for an architectural firm in Prague which is contracted to a Multinational construction company.

She speaks 4 languages fluently and can even play a piano and by Belarus standards she is a fairly wealthy Belarusan middle class woman.

Her family has paid for her to study abroad, and she had already traveled the world with her family and university friends before she met Ben Rich and appeared in his videos. She's also older than she looks and is nearly in her 30's.

Alina is also Martial Arts trained, either in Taekwondo or Krav Maga and is a proponent of the international Total Fit Defense system.

Her level of proficiency isn't known, but she can nearly out punch Ben as she demonstrated on the Georgian beach YouTube video.

I think she is also qualified as a fitness trainer, but like modelling - it's another side career that she has not given much attention to.

Being a fitness trainer, is likely just a hobby. She used to be quite a skilled gymnast when was younger - which is the reason she follows a lot of fitness pages on Instagram.

Alina AdzikaShe was a part-time event organiser/manager doing corporate PR for a holiday resort in Mexico for a short while - most likely a working holiday job while getting her Masters Degree in Architecture, in Mexico in 2015-2016. She was also featured in the corporate Society Magazine "City Life"

Alina is a highly educated woman that simply loves to travel whenever she has an opportunity and Ben Rich was smart enough to offer her that opportunity.

Alina's passion in life is travel. No coincidence then that she is on a Youtube Travel Vlog. Remember that she is a fairly privileged Belarusian as she has a European Union Work Visa and a fairly wealthy family. Most Belarusians are never able to go abroad.

From her years of school Alina has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering, taken in Prague 2010-2014. A Masters Degree in Architecture taken in Monterrey, Mexico 2014-2016. And a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering taken in Prague 2016-2017.

She currently works as a Civil Engineer for a large European construction consortium, in their Prague office. She speaks Russian, English, Czech and Spanish.

Her mother Helene is obviously well off from the looks of her social media photos. Her sister who seems to be close to her in age, is occasionally pictured and has the same quality of life.

Alina AdzikaThe missing part of the family is her father, who is never pictured or mentioned and probably is the source of the family's resources.

Another assumption is that her parents may be divorced. Another guess is that her father is a Czech, given Alina studied in a Prague University and has joint Czech residency.

Although she states her home town as Grodno, Belarus she currently seems to be living in Prague with the kitty she and Rich smuggled out of Mexico.

Alina herself would be is defined as Middle Class in her own right, per the European Union Work Visa document for: "Highly-qualified employees of medium-sized and large businesses."

When asked what amazing things she's done, she replied: "I have ridden a donkey, jumped from a plane with parachute, met a greek revolution dog and once saw a naked guy in the street.

What countries has she visited...? Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Alina AdzikaThe countries she has resided in are Belarus, Czech Republic, Mexico and the Russian Federation.

So, it is pretty obvious that not only is Alina an intelligent, well educated woman, but also is extremely well traveled and has mostly traveled solo to these countries.

There was a rumor that she and Ben were married and that was the reason she traveled with Ben and did the YouTube videos. One video fan even suggested that she had even admitted to him in a message saying:

"We are already married, but keep it a secret please?"

There is some speculation that Ben is married or in a relationship with Alina Adzika, but there is no proof of that. If they are, say some, they try not to make their videos about their relationship.

Ben Rich and Alina Adzika make popular collaboration videos, so many on the internet call for more Alina Adzika appearances on Bald and Bankrupt YouTube Channel.

According to posters on Reddit, Alina works as a professional, so she’s probably too busy working and can’t always join Ben on his journeys.

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Not very likely that Ben or Alina would keep a marraige secret and these rumors are just that - unfounded/unconfirmed rumors.

Alina has reappeared in another Bald and Bankrupt video filmed in Czechia. She and Bald go to a church that's decorated with human bones. See it on YouTube HERE

Also, it seems Alina tested positive and has been recuperating from a run in with Covid 19. We hope it is a speedy recovery.

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