Hi, Elena, and welcome to the forum!
Oh, what a sad story u wrote...
. I can imagine what Robert felt in Buharest airport...so much money spent, almost all route is passed and ... only big disappointment
U know, these visas and border crossing problems are so familiar to me - as I'm working in a travel company, and we, russians, also need to get visas to all european countries, both schengen and not schengen area, and for these visas we have to collect many papers and documents, including different financial guaranties... and sometimes the demands of the Consulates are so ridiculous.. but we have to obey them, as well as we have to obey all the laws, no matter how stupid they may seem...
(sometimes my clients get refusal of a visa just the day before their tour will start, so they loose much money and of course it's a very unpleasant situation.)
Unfortunately, as we say, the ignorance of the law doesn't excuse you from responsibility, so I can also understand the stuff of the airport - they were just doing their job, and they couldn't take your friend at his word, this is obvious. Though, I can imagine how Robert felt leaving Romania as if he was a criminal
( amm.. well, in the terms of law he was, actually.. he did broke the law, but of course not intentionally, but how the guards could be sure in it?...). - ok these were only my reasonings, nothing more...
Still, of course he got in very unpleasant situation
His dream was broken...and I am very sorry about it.
But, fortunately, there's no need in visa to be real friends, as u and Robert are, and to call him and let him at least to listen to the show! And of course there' re no borders here, on this forum, where people all over the world, united by love to Scorpions, become friends and communicating without any visas and border problems!