I am a US passport holder. I spent the last four years in the UK going to university on a student visa. It lasted until October 2012. After graduation in June of last year, I traveled around the Schengen area for four months (July-October), as I mistakenly thought that my UK visa entitled me to be able to travel in the EU until its expiry. I didn't realise at the time that the UK was not in the Schengen area. When I left through Amsterdam to return to the UK for my flight home, the Dutch border authorities detained me and informed me of this fact. Because I was leaving they didn't make much of it. I don't recall whether they said I could or couldn't return to the Schengen for six months.
Fast forward to the current issue: I am going with a high school buddy on a backpacking trip for the next year or so. We're planning on going to Germany, Poland, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, India, and eventually southeast Asia.
Will the German border authorities turn me away and force me to buy a ticket back to the US? Or will I be allowed to continue on my planned travel if I show them my reservations?
Anybody had experience with overstaying and then re-entering the Schengen area?