Claire is coming home in a few days and the pets are still nowhere. Now I am really getting worried. If only my fishing-rod was here with me…in a couple of hours I could start thinking clearly. Of course I was not expecting this absurd situation. Even if I can’t go angling water is still here. Let’s see what Claire writes about the Danube. The noise of the city and the rhythm of the nature. A gigantic meeting. Man and animal alike enjoy the opportunities provided by the river. What is more, they use the river quite similarly. The Danube provides drinking water, energy and transport facilities for the millions of living beings around it. It is a link connecting populations. It is a green corridor as well. It is a contiguous habitat from the Black Forest to the Black-Sea. The Danube is the second longest river in Europe and the most international. It flows through ten countries. The riverbed, the water surface, the oxbows and the floodplains provide habitat for a large number of living beings. You don’t even need to go far to see the various faces of the Danube bank. Here is the embankment of the Pest quay, the concave banks at the Obuda Island and the gravel beach at Romai Part. While we are relaxing the cormorants, mallards, gulls and small passerines flying by might be searching for food and shelter preparing for nesting and breeding. And we can always notice some opportunists like crows. They have really learned how to profit from us being nearby. We all live in different ways. And it’s the people’s river as well. Just as the great crested grebe’s. The water quality has improved a lot recently because the industry polluting the river has shrunk. Due to the technological development of channels much less uncleaned waste water is discharged into the Danube. For several decades only the Tisza river bloomed. The Danube was so polluted that the mayflies just didn’t get enough oxygen. Now the Danube blooms, too. The big river has been recovering from its industrial coma. But not everybody was so lucky. One of the world’s biggest freshwater fish, the sturgeon, disappeared from the Carpathian Basin after the Iron Gate dam was built because it couldn’t get to its spawning ground from the sea. Rumour has it that not only rudds smelling of oil but giant monsters as well live in it. 1-2 metres long or even longer catfish. Anglers from the city can tell about it. The old sludge-eyed tree trunks live here below. This has been one of them! A life-line of Europe. The Danube.