No it's not bizarre. Or it's bizarre only because it is the Stranded Traveler romance fraud.
Here's how it works:
You meet a guy on a social networking or dating site and he falls in love with you at first sight. He talks love, marriage, future and forever, before you can even meet in person.
He seems to be everything you always wanted in a man, and you can't believe your luck.
Typically, but not always, he claims to be a widower with a son or a daughter. Usually, he claims to have his own business, most frequently as an engineer, a contractor or an architect. He tells you his job involves international traveling.
And lo and behold, before he can finally meet you, he tells you he must go abroad for work purposes, and he ends up typically in some country that's neither his nor yours.
Once there, Mr Perfect suddenly will turn into Mr. Needy, the world's unluckiest guy. He has the first of a series of emergencies for which only your money will do. The excuses are all lies, designed only to part you with your money. The first request is usually a reasonably small amount, but if you wire that to him, there will be more emergencies delaying his retursn. There's equipment failure, for example, and he can't afford the repair. Or Customs is holding the products he ordered and he needs money to get them released. Or he has cash flow problems and he can't afford to pay his workers. Or he owes taxes. Or he gets robbed of all of his possessions and he can't leave until he pays his hotel bill. Or he or one of his family members gets ill and cannot get treatment or leave the hospital until you pay his bill.
There are bunches of excuses like this. They are all lies and they are designed only to part you with your money. You can see a good list of many of these excuses here.
Of course, each time he gets money, he assures you that he will pay you back when he returns home. He may even send you a copy of his so-called multi-million dollar foreign contract to convince you he'll be able to pay the large loans you'll be giving him. But the emergencies keep on coming and he never gets an inch closer to seeing you, and he never will.
I'll be happy to look over any photographs and documents he has sent you that you can upload with your reply to this thread to give her more concrete information. But I'm betting the above sounds pretty much like what has happened to you. One emergency disaster after another. If so, you need to cease all contact with him, report him to her police and to the FBI at www.IC3.gov.