The sky is heavy, dark gray. It’s not raining now, but showers come and go all morning. There is talk of the weather, but it is not a circumstance. “Just one day like today, rainier or a thunderstorm, and the internet signal fails”, describes Elisabete Almeida. As the mother of a seven-year-old child, she sums up the worries of many families in the municipality of Aguiar da Beira – and a little inland. Poor access to the network can make the next few weeks of distance learning difficult.