Pete was raised in Ithaca, a small town in upstate New York. In high school, he captained the football, baseball and track teams, and spent his winters shoveling the massive amounts of snow Ithaca gets every year. After he graduated from college, Pete sought an escape from East Coast winters, so pursued a life-long dream and moved to Madrid, Spain. He soon found a job teaching English to children at a primary school and eventually moved his way up to teaching executives at the corporate headquarters of one of the largest banks in Spain. During his free time, he ate much tapas and traveled throughout Europe.